Thursday Knight Time is the Right Time

The word is getting out that there’s some mighty fine b-ball being played at Knight’s Hall. Heck, I arrived 20 minutes before tipoff and was forced to park a few hundred feet down Alfresco Place. Geesh, you’d think it was Ring Road or something.

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Before the tilt against fellow GLVC Division leader, Missouri-St. Louis, there was a buzz in the gym. The students were in black. And Bellarmine dignitaries were nervous.

The muckety mucks thought Billy Reed was bringing the Archbishop to the game. Coach Scotty Davenport was immediately relieved when he found out the big guy from the local diocese wouldn’t be in the house. Reed advises the church leader is a big sports fan. Unfortunately, his last stop was Knoxville.

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It was far from Bellarmine’s best effort of the season. But the Knights kept their foes measured from the get go. Seemed to me, the Norris Placers were always running out on the break.

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Not exactly sure why a school in the Heartland would have a minor mythological sea god as a mascot. But there certainly are stranger team monikers than Tritons.

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The Spugs Report on the game:


LOUISVILLE, Ky.–The No. 2 Bellarmine University men’s basketball team bolted out to quick double digit lead and rolled by the Tritons of Missouri-St. Louis 87-64 tonight in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Knights Hall. 

The Knights ran out to an 18-5 lead over the first eight minutes of the game and were never really threatened as the GLVC “East” leaders posted a 23-point victory over the GLVC “West” leaders.  

Senior Jeremy Kendle led the offensive attack for Bellarmine with 19 points.  Braydon Hobbs had another all around solid game with 13 points and team bests with six assists and six rebounds. The New Albany junior continues to climb the charts in the Bellarmine record book.  Tonight, he moved into fourth place on the all-time assist list and his three, 3-pointers moved him into third place for most in a career. 

With the win, Bellarmine moves to 14-1 overall, which ties the 2008-09 team for best start over the first 15 games.  The Knights upped their conference record to 7-0, which keeps them one game ahead of Southern Indiana in the conference standings as the Screaming Eagles moved to 6-1 with their victory over Drury tonight.

The Tritons fell to 9-5 (4-3 GLVC) despite another outstanding performance by GLVC scoring leader Gerald Fulton, who poured in 32 points on 12 of 24 shooting, including 6-12 from long range.  Justyn Watkyns added 20 for UMSL, as the duo combined for 52 of their team’s 64 points.

The Knights had another good shooting night, finishing 30-53 for 56.6 percent, including 45 percent from 3-point range.  The Tritons were limited to just 39.1 percent shooting and made just eight of 25 treys for 32 percent.

Bellarmine got big contributions from several reserves tonight.  Forrest Smallwood logged just five minutes but turned in a near perfect performance with eight points, two rebounds and a steal.  He was 3-3 from the field and was 1-1 from the free throw line and did not commit a foul or a turnover. 

Freshman Jacob Jenkins also made the most of his appearance.  He scored eight points on 3-3 shooting and got perhaps the biggest round of applause from the Knights faithful after he nailed a triple with just six seconds remaining to elevate Bellarmine above the 85-point plateau, which earned everyone in attendance a free Chick-Fil-a sandwich through their “Drive for 85″ promotion. 

Next up for the Knights is a rare Saturday-Monday road trip.  Bellarmine travels to Rensselaer, Ind., to take on the St. Joseph Pumas on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. (ET).  On Monday, they must travel to Indianapolis to take on the Greyhounds at 7:30 p.m.
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FULTON, Gerald 12-24 2-2 32; WATKINS, Justyn 9-20 2-2 20; HIGHTOWER, Justin
1-3 2-4 5; WILLIAMS, Dominic 1-5 0-0 3; PEURACH, Tanner 1-1 0-0 2; LAWRENCE,
Ryan 1-3 0-0 2; WILLIAMS, Jamarcus 0-0 0-0 0; REDEL, Zach 0-2 0-0 0; DWYER,
Kevin 0-2 0-0 0; OESTBYE, Nico 0-1 0-0 0; WEIGLEY, Eli 0-3 0-0 0; ACKELSON,
Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-64 6-8 64.
#2 BELLARMINE (14-1, 7-0 GLVC)
KENDLE, Jeremy 7-15 4-5 19; HOBBS, Braydon 5-10 0-0 13; DOWE, Chris 3-7 5-5
11; BENEDETTI, Justin 4-5 0-0 10; HOLMES, Nick 3-5 2-3 8; SMALLWOOD, Forrest
3-3 1-1 8; JENKINS, Jacob 3-3 0-0 8; SPRAGUE, Luke 1-4 3-5 5; CARREE, Kris
1-1 0-0 2; HAMANN, Tony 0-0 2-2 2; JONES, Keisten 0-0 1-3 1; POGUE, Steve
0-0 0-0 0; ROBISON, Aaron 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-53 18-24 87.
MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS…………   24   40  -   64
#2 BELLARMINE……………..   37   50  -   87
3-point goals–MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS 8-25 (FULTON, Gerald 6-12; HIGHTOWER,
Justin 1-3; WILLIAMS, Dominic 1-4; LAWRENCE, Ryan 0-1; OESTBYE, Nico 0-1;
WEIGLEY, Eli 0-1; WATKINS, Justyn 0-3), #2 BELLARMINE 9-20 (HOBBS, Braydon
3-8; BENEDETTI, Justin 2-3; JENKINS, Jacob 2-2; SMALLWOOD, Forrest 1-1;
KENDLE, Jeremy 1-2; SPRAGUE, Luke 0-2; DOWE, Chris 0-2). Fouled
LOUIS 28 (REDEL, Zach 7), #2 BELLARMINE 37 (HOBBS, Braydon 6).
(HOBBS, Braydon 6). Total fouls–MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS 20, #2 BELLARMINE 10.
Technical fouls–MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS-None, #2 BELLARMINE-None. A-1908


  1. KnightWatch
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    How about the vibe in the gym??? That was great!

    The Knights are getting rolling right now… couple of big road games coming up.

    Keep spreading the word!

  2. Bobby Bellarmine
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Frosh Jacob Jenkins looked good and made a play in the first half you don’t see any more…… pump fake, drive to 12 feet on the left wing, pull up, BANK it home. Never see the bank shot any more which is the fundamentally proper way to shoot from the wing.
    Knights Hall aka Chick-Fil-A Arena, where you don’t pay $8 for a chicken sandwich, you get them for free.

  3. cbcard
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I have no clue as to why but it seems the games there are officiated better (and certainly more consistantly) than BE games. I saw very few calls last night that I could begin to argue with.

    It’s a fun place to see a game and Davenport does a great job.

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