Bellarmine Knights Conquer West Virginia: The Spugs Reports

My apologies to readers, who are fans of the Bellarmine Knights. I was remiss in not filing the Spugs Report on the 24 point W over West Virginia State the other day. (John Spugnardi is Bellarmine’s b-ball SID, and these reports are simply a cut and past reiteration of his away game recaps.)

The Knights swept their encounters there with a 20 point win over the University of Charleston. See details below.

Knights sting Yellow Jackets 103-79

INSTITUTE, W. V.–The No. 3 Bellarmine University men’s basketball team went into West Virginia State’s Fleming Hall and handed the Yellow Jackets their first loss of the season by a final score of 103-79 in game two of the John Dickensheets Classic.

The Knights (2-0) rolled past the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference defending champions with an outstanding team effort as senior Jeremy Kendle tallied 21 points to lead six Bellarmine players in double figures.

“Wow,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “I am so proud of their performance.”  The Knights coach also lauded tonight’s opponent.  “They return four starters off a team that won 29 games last season.  The score is not  indicative of how good this team is.”

The Knights broke open a tight game as they closed the first half with an 11-3 spurt to take a 47-37 advantage into the locker room.  In the second half Bellarmine slowly extended their lead to as many as 33 before the Yellowjackets closed to within 24 in waning moments of the game.

Bellarmine played all facets of the game well as they shot 53 percent on the night, including 55.6 percent  from beyond the 3-point arc.  The Knights also held a whopping 52-29 advantage in rebounds, while limiting the Yellow Jackets to just 43.1 percent shooting.

Coach Davenport was also pleased with the inside play of the Knights, particurly in the second half and particularly the play of Nick Holmes.  “We challenged Nick before the game, and he responded with 13 points and 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes.”  Davenport also praised the “Red” practice team and singled out reserves Aaron Robison and Forrest Smallwood. “They give us every ounce of energy they have every day,” he said.

Joining Kendle and Holmes in double figures were Braydon Hobbs (13), Chris Dowe (14), Justin Benedetti (15), and Luke Sprague (14).

West Virgina State (3-1) was led by Josh “Cokie” Miller, whose 29 points equalled his season average.

Bellarmine’s 103 points marked the first time the Knights have cracked the century mark since a 105-84 victory over Pfeiffer University on Dec. 20, 2008 in a game also played in Fleming Hall as part of the John Dickinsheets Classic.

The Knights play again at 2 p.m. tomorrow facing the University of Charleston at the Charleston Civic Center as part of collegiate triple header.
Newspaper Box Score
Bellarmine U vs WV STATE U M
11/26/10 7:30 PM at Institute, WV
At Institute, WV
BELLARMINE U 103, WV STATE U M 79
BELLARMINE U (2-0)
KENDLE, Jeremy 7-15 2-3 21; BENEDETTI, Justin 4-8 4-4 15; DOWE, Chris 4-6
5-5 14; SPRAGUE, Luke 6-10 0-0 14; HOLMES, Nick 4-5 5-7 13; HOBBS, Braydon
5-8 0-0 13; JONES, Keisten 3-5 0-0 6; LOVELESS, Stevie 1-2 2-5 5; ROBISON,
Aaron 1-2 0-1 2; HAMANN, Tony 0-1 0-0 0; JENKINS, Jacob 0-1 0-0 0; CARREE,
Kris 0-1 0-0 0; SMALLWOOD, Forrest 0-1 0-0 0; SIMON, Hayden 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals 35-66 18-25 103.
WV STATE U M (3-1)
Josh Miller 12-25 2-4 29; Bo King 9-20 1-1 23; Will Thomas 4-6 0-1 8; Fred
Harris 2-4 2-2 6; Brenin Garcia 1-1 0-0 3; Will Collins 1-6 0-0 3; Todd
Hutchinson 1-3 0-0 3; Justin Banks 1-4 0-0 2; Isaac Holstein 0-0 1-2 1;
Corey Bethea 0-0 1-2 1; Robbie Lewis 0-3 0-0 0; Sedale Watson 0-0 0-0 0; Rio
Berkley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-72 7-12 79.
Bellarmine U………………   47   56  -  103
WV STATE U M………………   37   42  -   79
3-point goals–Bellarmine U 15-27 (KENDLE, Jeremy 5-8; BENEDETTI, Justin
3-6; HOBBS, Braydon 3-6; SPRAGUE, Luke 2-3; LOVELESS, Stevie 1-1; DOWE,
Chris 1-1; JENKINS, Jacob 0-1; JONES, Keisten 0-1), WV STATE U M 10-26 (Bo
King 4-10; Josh Miller 3-7; Brenin Garcia 1-1; Will Collins 1-4; Todd
Hutchinson 1-3; Justin Banks 0-1). Fouled out–Bellarmine U-None, WV STATE U
M-Robbie Lewis. Rebounds–Bellarmine U 52 (HOLMES, Nick 10), WV STATE U M 29
(Bo King 6). Assists–Bellarmine U 23 (KENDLE, Jeremy 6), WV STATE U M 9
(Will Collins 2; Josh Miller 2). Total fouls–Bellarmine U 11, WV STATE U M
21. Technical fouls–Bellarmine U-None, WV STATE U M-None. A-811
Consult homebook for halftime fouls and official score
Day 1 of John Dickensheets Classic at Earl Lloyd Court at Fleming Hall, WVSU

Knights go wire to wire in 79-59 victory over Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.V.—The No. 3 Bellarmine University Knights got a wire-to-wire victory over the University of Charleston this afternoon, defeating the Golden Eagles 79-59 at the Charleston Civic Center on Day 2 of the John Dickensheets Classic.

Playing their second game in a span of just 19 hours, the Knights (3-0) started a little sluggish but were able to establish an early 12-4 lead. Charleston leading scorer Jon Liggins warmed up, however, and helped keep the Golden Eagles close. After Charleston (3-3) closed the margin to just one, Bellarmine was able to again built an 8-point before settling for a 34-30 halftime lead.

After going just 2-10 from 3-point range in the first half, Bellarmine heated up from beyond the arc and did a solid job of converting defensive rebounds into fast break opportunities and gradually built a lead that grew to 22. The Knights shot a sizzling 65.5 percent in the second period including going 5-12 on treys.

“We just didn’t come out with a lot of energy,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “I don’t think it was fatigue, though, because nobody played a lot of minutes last night. He added, “Two games in 19 hours is tough, but I thought this was good for us. The reason we scheduled like this is to simulate NCAA tournament play.”

Jeremy Kendle again led the way for the Knights with 26 points.  Also netting double digits for Bellarmine were Chris Dowe, who came off the bench to toss in 14, and Nick Holmes with 11.  Braydon Hobbs had an all around good game going for four points, 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals.

One of the key statistics for the Knights was outrebounding the Golden Eagles by five when Charleston entered the game averaging a plus-15 rebounding margin over their opponents.

“One of the things I was most impressed with was the play of Justin Benedetti, especially in the first half when things weren’t going very well for us. He really played solidly on the defensive end and worked hard rebounding the basketball.” Benedetti finished with nine points and three rebounds.

The Knights return to action on Thursday as they begin conference play with a road game at No. 16 Kentucky Wesleyan. Tip is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

U-Charleston vs Bellarmine U
11/27/10 2:00 PM at Charleston, WV
At Charleston, WV
BELLARMINE U 79, U-CHARLESTON 59
U-CHARLESTON (3-3)
John White 5-7 5-10 16; Ibrahim Marone 6-8 1-3 13; John Liggins 6-14 0-0 13;
James Eversley 3-5 0-0 6; Brandon Ross 2-10 0-2 5; Marcus Knott 2-4 0-1 4;
Marco Richardson 1-2 0-2 2; Malik Thomas 0-1 0-0 0; Brandon Crompton 0-0 0-0
0; Kyle James 0-1 0-0 0; Phillip Bond 0-1 0-0 0; Erik Armstrong 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 25-53 6-18 59.
BELLARMINE U (3-0)
KENDLE, Jeremy 11-17 0-0 26; DOWE, Chris 6-7 2-2 14; HOLMES, Nick 5-6 2-3
12; BENEDETTI, Justin 4-10 0-0 9; SPRAGUE, Luke 2-5 0-0 5; HOBBS, Braydon
2-7 0-0 4; JONES, Keisten 1-2 2-4 4; SMALLWOOD, Forrest 1-2 0-0 3; LOVELESS,
Stevie 1-1 0-0 2; HAMANN, Tony 0-0 0-0 0; JENKINS, Jacob 0-0 0-0 0; CARREE,
Kris 0-0 0-0 0; ROBISON, Aaron 0-1 0-0 0; SIMON, Hayden 0-1 0-0 0. Totals
33-59 6-9 79.
U-Charleston………………   30   29  -   59
Bellarmine U………………   34   45  -   79
3-point goals–U-Charleston 3-15 (John Liggins 1-3; Brandon Ross 1-4; John
White 1-3; Marcus Knott 0-1; Marco Richardson 0-1; Malik Thomas 0-1; Kyle
James 0-1; James Eversley 0-1), Bellarmine U 7-22 (KENDLE, Jeremy 4-7;
SPRAGUE, Luke 1-4; BENEDETTI, Justin 1-4; SMALLWOOD, Forrest 1-1; JONES,
Keisten 0-1; HOBBS, Braydon 0-4; DOWE, Chris 0-1). Fouled
out–U-Charleston-None, Bellarmine U-None. Rebounds–U-Charleston 29 (John
White 11), Bellarmine U 34 (HOBBS, Braydon 5; SPRAGUE, Luke 5; HOLMES, Nick
5). Assists–U-Charleston 9 (Marcus Knott 4), Bellarmine U 22 (HOBBS,
Braydon 10). Total fouls–U-Charleston 10, Bellarmine U 15. Technical
fouls–U-Charleston-None, Bellarmine U-None. A-111
Consult home book for halftime fouls and score
Day 2 John Dickensheets Classic from Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV

The Knights open their GLVC slate with two tough road games. Thursday they travel to Owensboro to meet Kentucky Wesleyan, followed by a tussle on Saturday with Southern Indiana.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. Ernie Muppet
    Posted November 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    No problem. Thanks, as always, for the Bellarmine coverage; the team has a couple more tough road games coming up, but they really seem to be clicking.

    Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Go Knights!

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