Monday, December 1, 2014

No. 5 Bellarmine Continues to Roll with Win Over IU East

(5) Bellarmine 100
IU East 83

Final from Evansville, Indiana

Game recap by BU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Playing its fourth game in seven days, the No. 5 Bellarmine University Knights showed no let up at the offensive end of the floor putting up 100 points to turn away the Indiana University East Red Wolves 100-83 in the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic at University of Southern Indiana's Physical Activities Center.

Bolstered by a big second half from senior Chris Whitehead, the Knights took a close game at half and gradually pulled away pushing the lead to as many as 19. Whitehead finished with a Bellarmine career high of 24 points, 18 of those after halftime.

Five Knights scored in double figures with Josh Sewell tying his career high with 18; Rusty Troutman added 17, and Jake Thelen and George Suggs tossed in 12 and 11 respectively.

"This was as difficult a stretch as you could go through," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport about his team's tough schedule. "But the reason for that is if experience is truly a great teacher then we'll move forward from this experience. To go where we want to go we're going to have to play in these types of scenarios."

"They really responded," Davenport said of his team. "We shot well, we just didn't defend." The 10th year coach went on to point out, "Tuesday night we play a team that plays the Princeton office on one day's rest. Last night we play a team that shoots 35 threes, and tonight we play a team that all they do is drive to the rim. So we had to defend every type of basketball. I'm really proud of them."

Both teams posted impressive shooting numbers, combining to make 68 of 119 shots. The Knights hit on 57.4 percent and the Red Wolves were very close at 56.9 percent. Bellarmine won the battle of the backboards 32-25 and dished out two more assists on the night.

Similar to last night's game against Cedarville, Bellarmine got off to a bit of a slow start, falling behind 10-4 just 3:05 into the contest. The Knights didn't trail for long, however, and took their first lead at the 14:08 mark on a layup by Sewell.

Bellarmine would go on to build a 10-point first half advantage, but then hit a scoring drought, going without a field goal for a six and half minute stretch. The Red Wolves took advantage with an 11-0 run to re-take the lead. However, the Knights scored the half's final four points to go into the locker room with a 43-39 lead.

After the break, the closest IU East could get was three points in the early going. Josh Derksen nailed back to back threes to give Bellarmine a double digit lead again at the17:13 mark, and the Red Wolves never seriously threatened after that.

The Knights improve to 6-0 on the season. IU East falls to 8-4, although in the official NAIA record books the Red Wolves remain 8-2 because their game tonight and their loss last night to USI will go down officially as exhibitions.

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