Point Park men at Brescia (Ky.) in KIAC Tournament Semis Feb. 28 at 4 pm ETFeb. 28, 2015 at 3:00 a.m. ET
Barry Smith and the Pioneers in the KIAC Tournament semifinals at Brescia (Ky.). Photo by Chris Squier.
Point Park (15-12, 6-7 KIAC) at Brescia (Ky.) (19-9, 10-3 KIAC), Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. ET (Owensboro, Ky.)
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OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The Point Park University men's basketball team plays at Brescia (Ky.) University on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. CT in the KIAC Tournament Semifinals. The winner moves on to the conference finals Tuesday for the right to play in the NAIA Division II national tournament.
Live Audio coverage of Point Park at Brescia will be provided by the Point Park Sports Network on Team1Sports.com.
The stakes are high as Point Park (15-12, 6-7 KIAC) visits Brescia (19-9, 10-3) for the second time this year, this time in a win or go home affair. The Pioneers lost at Brescia, 79-60, on Jan. 23, a game in which they fell behind, 36-29, at the half and shot just 31 percent on the night.
Point Park takes its seventh-ranked scoring offense in NAIA Division II at 86.6 ppg up against one of the top defenses in the KIAC. Brescia is third in the conference in scoring defense at 73.3 ppg and second in both overall field-goal percentage defense (.416) and 3-point field-goal percentage defense (.332).
An added dimension to the defense is 6-7 forward Austin Morris, who has 99 total blocks and has the Bearcats ranking sixth nationally with 5.3 blocked shots per game. Morris also averages 16.4 ppg and 10.1 rpg.
Brescia is also efficient offense in its own right. The Bearcats are sixth in NAIA DII in field-goal percentage at .502 and 10th in the country in 3-point field-goal accuracy at .401. Brescia also takes great care of the ball ranking ninth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio as a steady team on both ends.
Point Park's style, by contrast, is an up-and-down pace. The Pioneers force the tempo with 9.2 steals per game that rank 12th in the country and a +3.0 turnover margin that is 18th nationally. Point Park takes a lot of 3s and is 11th in the nation with 8.8 made 3-poiners per game.
Point Park trails Brescia, 2-3, in the all-time series. The Pioneers are 0-3 at Brescia, and this is the first time the teams will meet in the postseason. The winner advances to play the winner of No. 21 IU East versus Asbury (Ky.), a game that tips off at 3 p.m. ET Saturday. The finals are March 3 at the highest remaining seed although Point Park would host neither IU East nor Asbury (Ky.).
Point Park is the No. 2 seed out of the KIAC North Division. Brescia is the No. 1 seed out of the KIAC South. Winning their division game the Bearcats the right to host the semifinals as the higher seed.
Jerah'me Williams (19.1 ppg) led Point Park with 17 points in the earlier meeting at Brescia (Ky.), and T.J. Lanier got his average of 12. Morris posted 18 points and 12 rebounds inside for Brescia, and guard Trey Howard (13.6 ppg) added 19 points and three treys.
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