Nearly every chapter of Thursday night’s men’s basketball game between Indiana University Southeast and Brescia University went the home-standing Grenadiers’ way. But the final pages — the first and second overtime periods — closed the book on what turned out to be a frustrating IUS loss, 70-67.

The Grenadiers, ranked 11th in the NAIA Division II top 25, led the D-I Bearcats for the entire 40 minutes of regulation — until Matt West’s closely-guarded 22-foot leaning 3-pointer with no time remaining forced overtime. IU Southeast was outscored 8-0 over the final 1:55 of regulation.

“You have to step up and make plays,” IUS coach Walt Corbean said. “I don’t think it even should’ve gone to overtime if we do our job.”

Nonetheless, the Grenadiers led 65-62 with 21 seconds left in the first overtime after Rob Daniels made 1-of-2 free throws. But Brescia’s Jeff Carlson hit a 3 from the left corner to tie the game with 12 seconds left. Chris Washington’s 15-foot jumper at the horn went in and out, forcing a second five-minute period.

The Grenadiers’ frustration truly set in after that. IUS scored only two points, committed a turnover, gave up a key offensive rebound to Brescia trailing 70-67 and mismanaged the final possession. After a timeout to set up a final play and insert Daniels, a 3-point specialist, Washington dribbled off nine of the game’s last 13 seconds before launching a 24-foot desperation airball that landed in the Panthers’ hands as the last two seconds ticked away.

The Grenadiers’ 10-game winning streak was snapped, and they failed to earn their third consecutive win over an NAIA Division I opponent in the last six days. IUS (16-2) defeated then-No. 9 Georgetown (Ky.) in overtime and Illinois-Springfield in the past week.

“I want my guys to play with confidence and to feel good about themselves,” Corbean said. “But there’s a thin line between confidence and cockiness. Teams that are cocky at times are going to learn a lesson, and we learned one of those lessons tonight.

“What has made us so good is that we’re so unselfish and we play hard. I saw a little bit of selfishness tonight.”

IUS, playing without senior guard Ty Crone, who was suspended due to an altercation in the Illinois-Springfield game, bolted out to leads of 21-8 and 28-14 before Brescia (9-8) scored 10 unanswered points. The Grenadiers led 33-26 at halftime, scored six of the first eight points of the second half and led 55-44 with 3:13 remaining.

But behind Donald Ray Johnson’s nine quick points, four coming on putbacks, the Bearcats strung together a last-gasp 12-1 run to force OT.

“I told our guys down the stretch and in the overtimes that it was gut-check time, and the team that wants it more and fights through some adversity is the team that will win,” Corbean said. “They were tougher than we were.”

Vashon Miller led the Grenadiers with 22 points and eight rebounds, but he committed seven of the team’s 21 turnovers. Houin had 15 points and six boards, Daniels had nine and seven, and Brandon Richie scored 12 points.

Brescia, which made 8-of-10 free throws to IU Southeast’s 22-of-32 (69 percent) and outrebounded the Grenadiers 45-33, got a game-high 26 points from Johnson, 11 from Dane Russell and 10 by West.

Neither team shot particularly well, with IUS making 43 percent overall (36 percent on 3-pointers) to Brescia’s 41 percent overall (26 percent behind the arc). The Grenadiers scored only one basket in the 10 minutes of overtimes, but made 9-of-11 free throws.

Corbean is hoping for a turnaround Saturday in his team’s second Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

“We can’t take possessions off. We don’t understand the importance of every possession,” he said. “We have to go back to business.”



BRESCIA (26-30-9-5) 70 — Johnson 26, Russell 11, West 10, Steenken 7, Carlson 7, Cayasso 6, Bumpus 3, McDaniel 0; IU SOUTHEAST (33-23-9-2) 67 — Miller 22, Houin 15, Richie 12, Daniels 9, Washington 4, Bodiford 3, Smith 2, Guilinger 0.

Three-point goals — Brescia 6 (Johnson 2, West 2, Carlson, Bumpus); IUS 5 (Houin 2, Richie 2, Daniels).

Rebounds — Brescia 45 (Cayasso 10); IUS 33 (Miller 8).

Turnovers — Brescia 19, IUS 21.

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