Bellarmine’s Knights Remain Inexorable

Inexorable — “impossible to stop or prevent.”

Once again Bellarmine trotted to the locker room at the break down 2. This time to Midwestern State, fresh off three Ws in a row over ranked teams, which had zoomed off to a 10-2 advantage at the start.

The Mustangs kept Scotty Davenport’s team at bay in the second half.

Until a flurry by the Knights gave them a 54-50 lead.

Which they soon surrendered when Midwestern State tallied 8 in a row.

The Knights fought back, grabbing the advantage again at 59-58.

Then came the biggest possession of the game. At the 3:06 mark, Bellarmine’s relentless D forced a shot clock violation. ┬áIt was a sign the Mustangs were toast.

Dowe then hit 1 of 2 at the line. 60-58.

At 1:46, Dowe converted two more. 62-58.

Midwestern State cracked. Star Chris Hagan missed two free tosses at 1:33.

Jeremy Kendle scored Bellarmine’s final eight points. Playing less than spectacularly most of the game, the All-American still tallied 20 with 8 boards. (Justin Benedetti led the team with 21.)

When Midwestern hit a meaningless trey with 7 seconds to play, it was its first field goal in 6:40. Against a taller, quicker, more athletic foe, Bellarmine played clamp down D when it mattered. Discipline, technique, desire, inevitability — that’s what won the game.

Of course, Bellarmine never faltered at the offensive end, running the motion offense like it was putting on a clinic against the intramural champs to be used in an instructional video.

I watched the second half online. During that time, I can think of two mistakes by BU. Twice, Chris Dowe had his foot on the sideline when receiving a pass. Other than that, the Knights were pretty darned impeccable.

Bellarmine now meets Minnesota State-Mankato in the national semis tomorrow night (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m. The Mavericks bested Alabama-Huntsville in OT. You can watch the game at CBS College Sports (Insight 531 in Louisville) and online at ncaa.com.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. Bobby Bellarmine
    Posted March 24, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Knights are one of the toughest teams in the country inside the 8 minute mark. They certainly could have cracked yesterday when Hobbs fouls out for the first time in his BU career but they don’t. Credit the GLVC toughening for the win yesterday.
    Other 3 q-final games in the 90′s. Don’t see much D there. I like our chances.

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