The Brescia Bearcats welcomed the Point Park Pioneers to the Den on Friday night in a battle of teams currently in second-place in their respective divisions in the KIAC. Coming into the night at 3-1, the Bearcats were currently behind Asbury at 4-1 for the lead in the KIAC South Division. The Pioneers came into the game at 3-2 in league play, trailing only IU-East in the KIAC North.
From the tip, the Bearcats served notice that they intended to take another step toward catching Asbury for the conference lead. After jumping out to an early lead, Brescia executed their game plan and held the explosive Point Park offense in check. The Pioneers entered the night averaging over 91 points-per-game, leading the KIAC and in the top five in the country. At the half, they had only mustered 29 points and the Bearcats enjoyed a seven-point lead.
The second half was more of the same for both teams, with Brescia playing stingy defense while efficiently executing their offensive game plan against Point Park's pressure and zone defense. The Bearcats held the Pioneers to 31 points in the second frame, while putting up 43 of their own en route to a 79-60 KIAC win.
For the game, the Pioneers shot 22-71 from the field for 31% and 5-30 from 3pt range for 16.7%. The 60 points they scored was a season-low, making Friday night's game the second consecutive contest that the Bearcats have held a conference opponent to a season-low point total, after holding IU-East to 60 points as well on Tuesday night. Jerah'me Williams led the Pioneers with 17 points. Also in double-figures were T.J. Lanier (12 points), Art Christian (10 points), and Yandell Denis (10 points).
The Bearcats shot an efficient 27-46 (58.7%) from the floor and 5-11 (45.5%) from behind the arc. They dominated the Pioneers on the glass, pulling down 48 rebounds to Point Park's 28. Trey Howard led Brescia with 19 points, while Austin Morris contributed another double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Two other Bearcats also reached double-digits in the scoring column, with Jermain Langley contributing 13 points and DeCarlos Collier scoring 11 points.
Coach Gibson on the win: "I'm very proud of the team's effort tonight. We have a very specific gameplan against Point Park and it isn't always the most fun one to follow. However, the guys were commited to it and executed it very well, as evidenced by holding the top-scoring team in the league more than 30 points below their average. We continue to focus on each game as the most important one on the schedule, so now Carlow becomes our sole focus. We have really defended at a high level for two games in a row now; hopefully tomorrow we can make it three."