Point Park comes up empty on the road, loses at Brescia, 79-60
Jan. 23, 2015
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Point Park University men's basketball had its road struggles crop up once again in Friday night's KIAC loss at Brescia (Ky.) University, 79-60.
The Pioneers (11-8, 3-3 KIAC) had their three-game, KIAC win streak stopped as they were limited to a season-low for points (60) and field-goal percentage (.328) by Brescia (12-7, 4-1 KIAC).
Point Park, which is 8-2 at home and neutral courts, dropped to 3-6 on the road and 1-3 in KIAC road games. Point Park had won three conference games in a row since starting out 0-2 KIAC with a couple of KIAC road losses.
Now off until next Friday's home game versus IU Southeast (7:30 p.m.), the Pioneers have five of their final seven regular season games in Pittsburgh. That includes four home games and a road contest at Carlow.
At Brescia, Jerah'me Williams had a team-high 17 points for Point Park, and T.J. Lanier added 12. Yandell Denis and Art Christian each had 10 points with Christian's effort coming off the bench.
Point Park had only seven turnovers, but its shooting came up with the coldest night of the season so far. Taking the court the same day as their eight-hour bus ride from Pittsburgh, the Pioneers made only 1 of 14 3-pointers the first half to fall behind, 36-29, at the break.
Point Park was within seven points at halftime despite Brescia shooting 60 percent (15 for 25) the first half. Although Brescia cooled off to 37 percent the second half, Point Park got colder as the game went on as well.
The Pioneers did knock down 4 of 9 treys the second half, but it was just 10 of 33 from the field the last 20 minutes for 30 percent. Point Park ended up 5 of 23 from long range for 22 percent.
Brescia's Trey Howard had a game-high 19 points and made three 3-pointers. Austin Morris, a 6-7 forward, posted 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jermain Langely and Decarlos Collier finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
It was the second big win in a row for Brescia, which locked down KIAC North Division leader IU East in a 66-60 win on Tuesday. IU East leads the KIAC North at 4-1 KIAC. Point Park is in second place in the division and 1.5 games back at 3-3 KIAC.
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