Sunday, February 12, 2017

No. 7 Bellarmine University Continues to Roll in Win Over Missouri-St. Louis

(7) Bellarmine 73
Missouri-St. Louis 56

Final from St. Louis, Missouri

Recap by BU:

ST. LOUIS — Veteran Coach Scott Davenport rarely encounters unique situations on a basketball court anymore, but the Bellarmine University men's basketball coach experienced one on Saturday after the No. 7 Knights' 73-56 romp over Missouri-St. Louis.

Following Bellarmine's ninth consecutive win in Great Lakes Valley Conference action, Davenport was headed to the locker room when he was chased down by Tritons sharpshooter Max Cook.

"He stopped me after the handshake when I was leaving to go down to the hallway and told me, 'Coach, you play the game the way it should be played,' " Davenport said. "I've never had that happen before. I really appreciated that."

It was the ultimate compliment — and an accurate assessment of Bellarmine's performance in the Mark Twain Building. The Knights (22-3, 14-1 GLVC) weren't thrilled with their second half, but that essentially was an afterthought after they dominated the first half against UMSL (10-15, 4-11) in building a 41-21 lead that allowed them to cruise to victory in the second half.

Bellarmine's first 20 minutes were some of its best of the season. The Knights shot a shrewd 61.5 percent from the floor and canned seven 3-pointers. They were equally efficient on defense, bottling up the Tritons and yielding only 34.6 percent shooting. The result was a stout 20-point lead at the intermission.

"We were just very, very solid and disciplined," Davenport said of the first-half play.

Bellarmine was highly balanced in the scoring column as only Al Davis registered double figures with a game-high 17 points. The senior guard also had four steals and three assists. Senior guard Rusty Troutman had nine points and three assists, freshman forward Ben Weyer stroked a trio of 3-pointers for nine points and junior guard Tyler Jenkins added eight points and six rebounds. Strong contributions also came from junior guard Jarek Coles (game-best six assists), sophomore forward Adam Eberhard (six rebounds, five assists, two steals), freshman forward Alex Cook (eight rebounds) and senior forward George Knott, who scored seven early points to help get the Knights revving.

Complete Recap

Update GLVC East Standings:

BELLARMINE 14-1 22-3
UW-PARKSIDE 11-4 19-5
LEWIS 11-4 16-9
MCKENDREE 3-11 9-13
SAINT JOSEPH'S 3-12 9-16

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