Friday, February 13, 2015

No. 3 Bellarmine Blows By Maryville, Improves to 21-2

(3) Bellarmine 83
Maryville 66

Final from St. Louis, Missoui

Game recap by BU:

ST. LOUIS-With five players scoring in double figures, the No. 3 Bellarmine Knights used a balanced attack to get past a tough Maryville University team 83-66 on Thursday night in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Moloney Arena.

The Knights improve to 21-2 on the season and hold on to first place in the GLVC East with a 13-1 record. Maryville slips to 10-13, 5-9 GLVC.

Josh Derksen and reigning GLVC Player of the Week Chris Whitehead led the Bellarmine effort with 19 points apiece. The duo also filled the stat sheet in categories other than points. Whitehead hauled in five rebounds and dished out six assists with just one turnover, and Derksen swatted three Saints shots.

The Maryville squad had Bellarmine a little out of rhythm in the first period, causing nine Knight turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. However, BU regrouped at half and came out in the second period and limited their turnovers to just four as they extended the lead to as many as 20.

"The matchup (zone) prevents you from really getting in sync unless you can get stops and attack aggressively and not allow them to get it set," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "In the second half, we hold them to 38 percent shooting which gives us the opportunity to not attack their set up matchup. It was a tough, tough game, but it was a good game for us. It wasn't our best, but I'm not blaming our guys for that, I think you give Maryville credit for that."

Coming into the game, the Knights ranked second in the nation in shooting and fourth in field goal defense. While the game stats didn't bear that out in the early going, by game's end Bellarmine finished shooting 50.9 percent and held the Saints to just 41.2 percent for the game.

Davenport credited better passing and taking care of the ball for turning around those numbers. "In the second half, we turn it over just four times and we have 11 assists," he said, "When we get 11 assists, we shoot 56 percent from the field."

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