The Brescia Men's Basketball team defeated the Morthland College Patriots 95-82 on Saturday in West Frankfort, Illinois. After leading by 12 (47-35) at the half behind six first-half threes from Kyle Nixon, the Bearcats extended the lead to more than twenty less than five minutes into the second half. However, the Patriots refused to go quietly and got hot late in the game, cutting the lead all the way back to eleven before Brescia connected at the free throw line to solidify the final margin.
It was a career-best day for several members of the team, as four Bearcats set at least one career-high in a statistical category. Brescia was led by Kyle Nixon, who knocked down a career-best 8 three-pointers on his way to a game and career-high 24 points and 7 rebounds. Fellow junior Austin Morris was right behind him, scoring 22 points and grabbing 8 rebounds to go along with a career-high 8 blocked shots. Sophomore Trey Howard tallied 15 points and posted a personal best 7 assists, while classmate Jordan Cooper-Livers filled up the stat sheet with 19 points while setting new career-bests with 8 assists, and 7 rebounds.
Coach Gibson on the win: "It's always nice to get a road win, but I hope we recognize some of the deficiencies that were evident today. We played the game at their pace and wasted far too many possessions. Morthland is well-coached and battled with toughness from start to finish, so I want to give credit where it is due. However, we did not do a great job of sticking to our defensive principles and allowed them to dictate the way we played the game, which is not a formula for consistent success. Thankfully we have a full week of practice leading into next weekend's games, which is exactly what this young team needs right now. We will face some great competition this weekend, and we need to tighten up the details if we want to continue to win games."
The Bearcats return to action on Friday night at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana as they take on Ohio Christian University at 8:00pm as part of the 31st Annual Ivanhoe's Classic.