Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bellarmine Comes Up Short at Indiana in Final Exhibition Game

Indiana 73
Bellarmine 62

Exhibition Final from Bloomington, Indiana

Game recap by BU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Playing their third exhibition game in nine days, the Bellarmine Knights gave an outstanding effort but lost 73-62 to the No. 15 Indiana Hoosiers tonight before more than 17,000 fans at Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers capitalized on Bellarmine turnovers and strong offensive rebounding to fuel an 18-0 run starting at the 14:31 mark of the first half to take control of the game. The advantage swelled to as many as 23 in the first half, but the Knights closed on a 7-0 run to trim the lead to 15 (35-20) at the half.

Bellarmine and George Suggs, in particular, opened the second period on fire to trim the margin to single digits at 38-29 as the senior forward canned three consecutive 3-pointers. The Knights continued to play tough and outscored the Hoosiers 42-38 in final period.

"What a courageous effort," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "We outscored them by 12 points in the last 24 minutes of the game. I am so proud because our guys never stopped for one second. We played 40 minutes."

"It was an absolute A-plus for us tonight," Davenport added. "They (IU) are really, really good. When they shoot the ball, and score with that kind of dynamics, it makes it really tough to defend. I'm the luckiest coach in the world to have three institutions like Louisville, Cincinnati and Indiana allow us to play in these tremendous venues. I know this made our basketball team better."

Suggs finished with 17 points to lead the Knights, and Rusty Troutman had another solid performance with 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Hoosiers were paced by Yogi Ferrell, who drained five of nine triples and finished with 21 points to lead all scorers. Troy Williams added 20 for IU.

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