In what was a battle for first place in the KIAC South Division between two undefeated teams, the homestanding Eagles of Asbury University took care of the visiting Bearcats 82-70 on Tuesday evening. Asbury led from the start, jumping out to a 7-0 lead before BU got on the board. After shooting 60% in the first half, Asbury found themselves leading Brescia by 11, 43-32 at the halftime break.
The Bearcats put up a much better fight in the second half, cutting the lead down as close as five points in the closing minutes before Asbury pulled away for the eventual 12-point win, 82-70. Turnovers were the story of the game for Brescia, as they coughed it up 17 times, many of which led directly to transition scores for the Eagles. For the game, Asbury shot 28-54 (52%) and 6-18 (33%) from 3pt range. The Bearcats shot the ball well, connecting on 30-54 (56%) and 5-15 (33%) from deep, but turnovers and a lack of defensive stops led to the loss.
Coach Gibson on the loss: "Asbury played a great game tonight and really executed their gameplan; we did not. This was a game between two good teams, so the victory would likely go to the one who could dictate the way the game was played. They did that on both ends, so they deserve a ton of credit. This is a great opportunity for us to learn what it will take to compete at the top of this league. We absolutely must recommit ourselves to the defensive side of the ball and truly put the team first. We are an unselfish offensive team, but we need to learn what it means to be selfless on the defensive end. I am confident that we can score and have the talent and character to win big games; we will find out if we have the toughness and humilty that it takes to be a champion and that is what will define our season."
The Bearcats return to the friendly confines of the Den on Saturday at 3:00pm to take on the Patriots of Morthland College in a non-conference tilt.