Racers roll past Brescia

Kory Savage/The News

Kory Savage/The News

The Racers put on a strong showing early against the Brescia Bearcats Thursday night at the CFSB Center. Carrying a 22-point lead at one point during the first half, the Racers maintained a high tempo against the NAIA opponent.

A slew of bench players took the court during the game, providing an opportunity for the starting five to catch a break. Sophomore point guard Cameron Payne, junior forward Jeffery Moss, senior forward Jonathan Fairell, senior forward Jarvis Williams and senior guard T.J. Sapp started at tip off to give the Racers their early lead.

Sapp added his first 3-point basket of the season to his statistics during the first half, going one-for-nine before tacking another one on shortly after.

The Racers led 44-24 as the first half buzzer sounded and the teams hit their locker rooms.

The Racers pumped up the crowd with slam after slam during the second half. Lob passes from Payne found Williams’ hands twice within minutes to help increase the Racers’ lead to 55-30 just five minutes into the second half. The Bearcats struggled to sink a basket as the score gap increased.

Brescia got themselves into foul trouble early in the second half and free throws added to the Racers’ lead. The Racers entered double bonus with just over ten minutes left to play, at which they were 16-for-24 on free throws.

The Racers’ second string continued to rack up points as the game progressed. Freshman guard Kedrick Flomo steered the team to victory as the clock timed out and the Racers rolled past Brescia 89-56.