Saturday, November 29, 2014

No. 5 Bellarmine Blasts Cedarville to Stay Undefeated

(5) Bellarmine 93
Cedarville 74

Final from Evansville, Indiana

Game recap by BU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The fifth-ranked Bellarmine University Knights rolled to a 93-74 victory over the Cedarville Yellow Jackets in the opening game of the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic at the University of Southern Indiana's Physical Activities Center.

Fifteen different Knights saw court time, and 13 of them found the scoring column. Josh Sewell came off the bench to lead Bellarmine with 18 points, and Jake Thelen collected his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Bellarmine put up impressive numbers shooting 61.8 percent for the game, including 10 of 20 from beyond the arc. The Knights also cleaned the glass in tonight's game, outrebounding the Yellow Jackets 38-24. Despite Bellarmine's outstanding play, Cedarville was able to stay in the game by making 16 of 35 treys.

"It was a great win," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "You've heard me say often that the 3-point shot is the great equalizer in college basketball. We shoot 62 percent for the game and 50 percent from 3-point line and you would think you won by 40, but because they outscore you 18 from the 3-point line it's just a 19 point win. All in all…it was a great night. I loved our 22 assists when we only had seven at halftime."

The game broke in Cedarville's favor with the Yellow Jackets running out to quick 8-2 lead. Davenport called a timeout to reorganize his troops, and the Knights responded with a 10-0 run. Cedarville, which hit seven of its first 11 3-pointers, stayed with the Knights until the end of the period when Sewell gave the Knights an 8-point halftime cushion by nailing a triple in the waning seconds.

The second half opened with a flurry of activity as the teams combined to commit five turnovers in the first 55 seconds. Bellarmine's Josh Derksen hit a 3-pointer at the 18:58 mark to start the scoring in the second period and give the Knights a 48-37 lead. Cedarville would get no closer the rest of the game as Knights opened the second period with an 11-0 run and extended the lead to as many as 21 on a couple of occasions.

No Knight played more than 26 minutes as Davenport utilized his entire bench with Bellarmine playing its fourth game in a week tomorrow. Illustrating the solid team play, 11 different players recorded an assist and 10 Knights grabbed a rebound.

Joining Sewell and Thelen in double figures for Bellarmine was Chris Whitehead (11) and Rusty Troutman (10). Cedarville's Jason Cuffee led all scorers with 20.

Bellarmine improves to 5-0 on the season while Cedarville—out of the Great Midwest Conference—falls to 1-4. The Knights face Indiana University East in tomorrow's final round of the Joergens Classic. Tip is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. (EST).

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