Monday, November 16, 2015

Bellarmine Rides Rusty Troutman's Scoring to Knock of Saginaw Valley State

(4) Bellarmine 93
Saginaw Valley State 81

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—In a matchup of preseason conference favorites, the No. 4 Bellarmine Knights turned in a solid 40-minute effort to turn back the visiting Saginaw Valley State Cardinals 93-81 tonight in Knights Hall.

Bellarmine, the league coaches' pick to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference East crown, closed the first period on a 17-6 run to extend a 21-19 lead into a 38-25 halftime margin. The Knights then opened the second half on a 17-5 run to open up a 25-point bulge and cruised home for the 12-point victory.

For the second night in a row, junior Rusty Troutman poured in a new career high. After dropping 27 on Northwood last night, the Bullitt East graduated erupted for 29 tonight, hitting nine of 12 field goals, including four of six from beyond the arc while converting seven of 10 free throws.

Bellarmine's transfers also had solid contributions with big man Yasin Kolo scoring 19 and point guard Al Davis putting up 13 points, six assists with just one turnover and five rebounds.

Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport was pleased with his team's effort. "This is a great win," he said. "Last year Saginaw Valley was the ninth (ranked) team in region. If we don't lose to Drury in the conference finals, they're going to the NCAA Tournament."

"I'm so proud of our players," Davenport said. "They took a morning walk through and transferred that into competition. Our whole goal tonight was attention to detail. It wasn't plays, and they were fabulous. They were tired. They spent a lot last night (in the Northwood win). I'm very proud of them."

Saginaw Valley, which was picked to win the North Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, stayed competitive in the game through offensive rebounds. The Cardinals raked in 15 on the night and converted that into 21 second chance points.

The Knights (2-0) didn't give themselves too many second chances—primarily because they scorched the nets with 73.1 percent shooting in the second half and 58.5 percent for the game. The second half shooting performance came from outstanding passing, which has become the hallmark of Bellarmine basketball. At halftime, the Knights had just five assists but after the break make 19 buckets off 14 assists.

Other notable performance for Bellarmine included George Suggs with 13 points and four blocked shots and Michael Parrish, who hauled in seven rebounds, scored nine points and dished out four assists.

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