Eagles Move Into 2nd Place Tie with Win Over Brescia
OWENSBORO, Ky. – Asbury’s men’s basketball team improved their standing in the KIAC with a 74-67 win over Brescia on the road on Saturday night. The Eagles force a three-way tie for second in the KIAC with Indiana East and Cincinnati Christian at 8-4. Asbury will play both teams in the final 10 days of the regular season.
Asbury (17-10, 8-4 KIAC) held Brescia to 40-percent from the floor in the win. The Eagles led 34-25 at the break after forcing 11 first half turnovers and turning that into 12 points. Adam Delph scored 15 of his game-high 22 in the first half as the Eagles built their lead out to 11. Delph finished 8-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-6 from three point range.
The Eagles had the opportunity to put Bresica away late, shooting 21 of their 30 free throws in the second half. Asbury was only able to make 19 of their 30 attempts. Bresica was 12-of-16 from the charity stripe. CJ Penny added 16 points for the Eagles but missed six free throw attempts. Austin Flannery chipped in with 10 points.
Justin Jones continues to inch towards the school record for career blocks, picking up his 205th against the Bearcats. He needs two more to tie the mark and three to move into first place. Jones added 10 rebounds, five points and three assists on Saturday. The Eagles pulled in 37 total rebounds, including 12 offensive boards as Brescia grabbed 34 total rebounds.
Asbury will meet Cincinnati Christian on Tuesday in Cincinnati. The Eagles defeated CCU 83-66 back on January 22 at home. The winner of that game will control their own destiny in the race for second place. Asbury still has to play Indiana Southeast and Indiana East to close out the season.