Brescia returned to KIAC action on Tuesday night at 27th-ranked IU-East. The Red Wolves entered the night 16-5 and 4-0 in league play, leading the North Division of the KIAC. After allowing 81, 81, and 82 points in their first three conference games, the Bearcats brought their defense with them to Richmond, Indiana. Brescia came out ready to play, jumping to a 12-2 lead to begin the game and took a 7-point lead into the halftime break, scoring 32 points while limiting IU-East to only 25.
The second half began with a surge for the Bearcats, as they extended the lead to 15 points at the 13:20 mark. The Red Wolves answered with increased defensive pressure, and cut the lead to six before the last media timeout. In the last five minutes, Brescia survived a barrage of pressure from IU-East and connected on free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 66-60 road win, handing the Red Wolves their first conference loss and holding them 19 points below their average.
The Bearcats were led by Trey Howard with a game-high 18 points, including four three-pointers. Austin Morris chipped in with yet another double-double, his eighth on the season, with 11 points and 11 rebounds. DeCarlos Collier and Jermain Langley also contributed 9 points each to the Brescia cause. The Red Wolves were led by Parker Salinas with 15 points and Tyler Fangman with 11 points.
Coach Gibson on the win: "I couldn't be more pleased with our performance tonight. We felt the Morthland game was a pivotal moment for our team. There's a great John Wooden quote, 'Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change could be.' That has been on our board since Sunday and we worked on a few changes to help ramp up our defensive intensity for tonight. The team bought in and took it personally and tonight they absolutely answered the bell. If we decide to defend with that measure of effort every night, we truly believe that we can compete with anyone in the country. We have two more stern tests this weekend, with a high-octane Point Park team coming in on Friday and a dangerous Carlow team on Saturday. Our effort in those games will quickly reveal if this was a one-time thing or a change in mentality that we are committed to maintaining."