Monday, January 18, 2016

Bellarmine Survives Quincy to Stay Undefeated in GLVC Play

(5) Bellarmine 81
Quincy 79

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—As the buzzer sounded, Quincy's Herm Senor's desperation heave from near the midcourt stripe was airborne, and it wasn't until it clanged off the back iron that the No. 5/9 Bellarmine Knights could celebrate their 81-79 victory in a hard fought Great Lakes Valley Conference game in Knights Hall.

Coming down the stretch, both teams both capitalized and squandered opportunities. After leading for nearly the entire second period, Bellarmine found themselves having to play catch up in the last minute of the game.

Quincy's Godson Eneogwe heated up from 3-point range and when his fifth triple of the game went through with 1:41 on the clock, the Bellarmine lead had been erased and the score was tied 77-77. Following a Bellarmine turnover, Joseph Tagarelli scored the Hawks' 14th second chance point when he put back his own miss with exactly one minute remaining to give Quincy its first lead since early in the second half.

Bellarmine had the answer in George Suggs, last year's GLVC leader in 3-point percentage. The 6-10 senior canned a go-ahead trifecta to give the Knights a 80-79 lead with 49 seconds showing on the clock.

On Quincy's ensuing possession, Suggs picked up a charge against Evan McGaughey, but the Knights returned the favor with less 10 seconds on the clock. Bellarmine then fouled Eneogwe as he drove down the lane, sending the 6-6 senior to the free throw line for a one-and-one with six seconds remaining.

Despite being hot from the outside, Eneogwe was too strong on his first free throw attempt and Rusty Troutman corralled his 10th rebound of the game and shuffled the ball to Michael Parrish, who was fouled immediately with three seconds on the clock.

Parrish knocked down the first, but misfired on the second, McGaughey grabbed the rebound and passed ahead to Senor who launched the final attempt.

"It's the two division leaders playing," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "How could anybody be surprised? We have tremendous respect for them. They just won 11 of their last 12. They aren't going to quit ever, not in this league."

The win, Bellarmine's 10th in a row, was a nice birthday gift to the Bellarmine coach, who celebrated his 60th birthday, today.

Rusty Troutman, again, turned in an outstanding performance, pouring in a game-high 23 points and hauling in a game-high 10 rebounds. Parrish was all over the floor for Bellarmine tonight, collecting 11 points, a career-high eight assists and five rebounds.

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