Final from Evansville, Indiana
Game recap by BU:
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The No. 5 Bellarmine Knights overwhelmed the Cavaliers of Virginia-Wise 88-47 tonight in the second round of the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic hosted by the University of Southern Indiana on their campus facility, the Physical Activities Center.
After giving up the game's first bucket, the Knights ran out to a 19-9 lead less than eight minutes into the contest and were never seriously threatened the rest of the way. By halftime, the lead had grown to 24, and Bellarmine started the second half with a 15-2 run to put the game away early.
For the second straight night, the comfortable scoring margin allowed Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport to substitute liberally, and it showed on the stat sheet. Bellarmine's co-leading scorers—Max Clemons and Alex Pritchett—both came off the bench to score 12 points with starters Keisten Jones and Jake Thelen also hitting double digits with 10 apiece.
The Bellarmine stat sheet showed balance from top to bottom with a lot of reserves seeing significant playing time. Clemons logged the most minutes with 21, followed by Jones with 20. The increase in playing time led to 33 new career highs being set or tied by Bellarmine players in tonight's contest.