LIVONIA, Mich.—The Lawrence Technological University (3-0) men's basketball team defeated the Bearcats of Brescia (Ky.) University in game two of the 2019 Bernie Holowicki Classic by a score of 97-69. The Blue Devils had another strong start in the first half that propelled themselves to a convincing win.
It was a combination of efficient offense and shut down defense that allowed the Blue Devils to outscore the Bearcats 56-27 in the first half. To start the game, the Blue Devils went on a 24-6 run in the first 9:05. Brescia was able to cut the lead to 12, but the Blue Devils got hot again pulled away late in the second half. The lead grew to as large as 33. Leading the Blue Devils in the first half were Carter Frantz and Jordan Henry, each with 11. Henry's production off the bench, continued into the second half. The Blue Devils shot just under 59% from the field in the have, and made 14 of their 21 attempted three point field goals.
The Blue Devils second half was not as electric as the first, but were still able to score 41. Brescia's offense seemed to find a rhythm in the second half, and ultimately outscored the Blue Devils by one point. The teams traded buckets for much of the second half, and the Blue Devils coasted to their third win of the season. Henry led all Blue Devils with eight points in the second half. Brandon Beavers and Alek Ivanovic each pulled down five boards in the half.
Henry, off the bench, led all Blue Devils with his 19 points. Including Henry, LTU had five players score in the double digits; Frantz (16), Cumberland (13), Gunnar Gustafson (12), and Ivanovic (12). Frantz and Gustafson each had six assists to their credit.
Up next for the 3-0 Blue Devils will be a trip to Palos Heights, Ill. for the 2019 Trinity Christian Troll Classic. They will be playing two games, one on Friday and one on Saturday. The Friday night matchup will be vs. the Cougars of St. Xavier (Ill.) University at 7:00pm. Saturday will see the Blue Devils take on the Trolls of Trinity Christian (Ill.) University at 3:00pm.