Sunday, November 15, 2015

Rusty Troutman Leads Bellarmine to Season-Opening Win Over Northwood

(4) Bellarmine 89
Northwood 79

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team went on 12-0 run late in the game to pull away from a tenacious Northwood University team and post an 89-79 victory in their season debut tonight in Knights Hall.

The Knights—ranked No. 4 in the NABC preseason pool—got a career high 27 points from Rusty Troutman, who hit seven of 11 field goals and converted 11 of 12 free throws. Other stand out performances were turned in by Yasin Kolo and Adam Eberhard, who both made their Bellarmine debut tonight. Meanwhile, senior Michael Parrish turned his first career start into a career high 12 points.

Kolo, a transfer from Hartford, recorded a double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Eberhard a true freshman from Evansville, came off the bench to net 16 points and haul in nine rebounds.

"Down the stretch when it really got to be winning time, the job we did defensively and rebounding the ball was the difference in the game," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "I'm really proud when you've got guys like Yasin Kolo who hadn't played an organized basketball game in 23 months and he literally got better possession by possession. Al Davis didn't play in front of this many people all last year combined, so I'm just really proud."

"I don't know if can say enough about Rusty Troutman," Davenport said. In my definition of basketball players, he is great basketball player. He affects the game the way great players do. He defends his position; he makes people better."

The Knights opened the game with a quick 5-0 run, but the Timberwolves simply would not go away, working the offensive glass and turning nine first half Bellarmine turnovers into 16 points. Northwood's Jermain Myers canned a triple in the waning seconds, and the Timberwolves took a 42-41 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Coming out of halftime, Bellarmine got a bucket from Kolo to take the lead 43-42 and took a lead they would never surrender. However, the Knights never built a comfortable margin and were clinging to a 77-74 lead at the 4:39 mark when they made their late 12-0 run to ice the game.

Bellarmine, last year's national leader in field goal percentage, picked up where they left off by draining 56.6 percent of its shots while holding Northwood to just 41.2 percent shooting. The Knights were 5-10 from beyond the arc, while Northwood launched 31 triples, making 11.

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