Bellarmine Bounces Back

The Knights didn’t wallow in their first L of the season very long.
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Back on track, Knights win by 24
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Bellarmine University men’s basketball team, one day removed from their first loss of the 2010-11 season, returned to the court with a vengeance in a 94-70 victory over Harris-Stowe State College in Day 2 of the Bill Joergens Memorial Tournament at the University of Southern Indiana.
Jeremy Kendle led all scorers with 23 points off 10-for-18 shooting.  He was joined in the double figures scoring department with Keisten Jones’ career high 16 points, as well as Luke Sprague and Chris Dowe with 11 apiece.
The Knights (9-1) connected on 14 of 28 three-point field goals, and shot 58.1 percent from the field for the game, while out-rebounding the Hornets 28-25.  The 14 three-pointers were tied for a season high.
Bellarmine led by as many as 11 points in the first half, and eventually held a 44-36 lead at intermission.  A blistering 28-7 run to start the second stanza, highlighted by open-court play and 11 points off turnovers, gave the Knights a 29-point advantage with 13 minutes to play.
“In the first 10 minutes of the second half, we were plus-20 on the scoreboard, and we were plus-22 on our deflection totals,” Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport said following the game.  “Our guys took it upon themselves to pick it up, and I am proud of them for that.”
Free throw shooting and turnovers, two stat categories that plagued the Knights in a 79-74 loss against St. Catharine College on Wednesday evening, were dramatically improved.  Bellarmine finished the game 8-for-10 from the charity stripe, and committed just eight turnovers, tied for a season best.
“All in all, it was a good day,” Davenport said.  “Now, the most important thing is tomorrow’s practice.  Every game we have left is in conference, and we have to prepare for it.”
The Knights continue Great Lakes Valley Conference play on Sunday evening at Lewis University.  Tip-off is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. in Romeoville, Ill.
Newspaper Box Score
Harris-Stowe State vs Bellarmine
12/30/10 2:00 PM at PAC, Evansville, IN
At PAC, Evansville, IN
BELLARMINE 94, HARRIS-STOWE STATE 70
HARRIS-STOWE STATE (5-11)
Kramer, Kevin 8-14 5-6 23; Hollins, Terry 6-10 0-1 14; Mumphard, Robert 5-10
0-0 10; Wright, Corey 4-5 0-0 8; Davis, Donald 4-8 0-0 8; Lucius, Darrion
2-5 2-2 6; Loveless, Jordan 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 29-54 8-11 70.
BELLARMINE (9-1)
KENDLE, Jeremy 10-18 0-0 23; JONES, Keisten 5-7 2-2 16; DOWE, Chris 3-4 3-3
11; SPRAGUE, Luke 5-9 0-0 11; HOBBS, Braydon 3-5 0-0 9; BENEDETTI, Justin
3-4 1-1 8; HOLMES, Nick 3-4 0-0 6; JENKINS, Jacob 2-5 1-2 5; SIMON, Hayden
1-1 1-2 3; POGUE, Steve 1-2 0-0 2; HAMANN, Tony 0-0 0-0 0; CARREE, Kris 0-0
0-0 0; ROBISON, Aaron 0-1 0-0 0; SMALLWOOD, Forrest 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 36-62
8-10 94.
Harris-Stowe State…………   36   34  -   70
Bellarmine………………..   44   50  -   94
3-point goals–Harris-Stowe State 4-11 (Kramer, Kevin 2-6; Hollins, Terry
2-4; Mumphard, Robert 0-1), Bellarmine 14-28 (JONES, Keisten 4-5; KENDLE,
Jeremy 3-6; HOBBS, Braydon 3-5; DOWE, Chris 2-2; BENEDETTI, Justin 1-1;
SPRAGUE, Luke 1-5; SMALLWOOD, Forrest 0-2; JENKINS, Jacob 0-2). Fouled
out–Harris-Stowe State-Davis, Donald, Bellarmine-None.
Rebounds–Harris-Stowe State 25 (Kramer, Kevin 6), Bellarmine 28 (HOLMES,
Nick 7). Assists–Harris-Stowe State 9 (Hollins, Terry 3), Bellarmine 16
(HOBBS, Braydon 8). Total fouls–Harris-Stowe State 11, Bellarmine 11.
Technical fouls–Harris-Stowe State-None, Bellarmine-None. A-100
Game 3: Bill Joergens Memorial Tournament
– Seedy K

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