PATRIOTS STUN BELLARMINE 79-74
EVANSVILLE, Ind.–The No. 1 Bellarmine University men’s basketball team suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of St. Catharine College 79-74 this evening in the Bill Joergens Memorial Tournament hosted by the University of Southern Indiana.
Bellarmine jumped out to an early lead and held a 41-28 halftime advantage, but the Patriots (10-2) shot 61.3 percent in the second half to make the comeback as the Knights converted just 40 percent during the final period and made just 13 of 24 second half free throws.
Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport said, “This game was lost because they (St. Catharine) took 31 second half shots, missed just 12 and they got six offensive rebounds. That means we stopped them just six times. “This wasn’t about anything but bad fundamentals,” he added saying that the Knights’ shot selection was “horrendous.”
St. Catherine, ranked No. 15 in the NAIA Div. I, was led by reserve center Ervin Williams with 21 points and nine rebounds, and Kashiff Carr poured in 19 for the Patriots. Braydon Hobbs paced the Knights with 17 points and nine rebounds.
One of the lone highlights for the Knights was that Justin Benedetti became just the 30th Bellarmine Knight to reach the 1,000-point mark. The New Albany senior reached the milestone by nailing a 3-pointer at the 5:49 mark of the first half.
Bellarmine will not have to wait long to get back on the winning track as they face the Harris Stowe Hornets tomorrow at 3 p.m. (ET) on Day 2 of the Joergens Memorial Tournament.
– Seedy K