LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -T. LOUIS-The top-ranked Bellarmine Knights were pushed to the limit, but escaped with an 89-83 overtime victory over Maryville University in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at the Saints' Moloney Center on Saturday afternoon.Bellarmine struggled to keep pace with the hot-shooting Maryville team that shot 70 percent including going 5-for-6 in the second period.
The Knights fell behind by the largest deficit they have faced this year when Maryville’s Zach Colletta converted a layup to put the Saints up 57-48 with 8:10 remaining in regulation.The Knights slowly clawed their way back in the game and finally evened the score at 67 apiece on a trey by CJ Fleming with 2:36 left on the clock. However, the Saints scored the next four points to go up 71-67 at the 1:33 mark. Bellarmine’s Tyler Jenkins hit a clutch triple to bring the Knights within one, and after a Maryville miss, Adam Eberhard converted one of two free throws to make it 71-71. The Saints then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to extend the game into overtime.In the extra session, Maryville took the early lead, but Fleming gave the Knights the lead for good when his deep three from the left wing found nothing but net with just 96 seconds remaining. Bellarmine got a defensive stop then Eberhard swished a short jumper outside of the paint to stake the Knights to an 81-78 lead with just 49 ticks on the clock.Maryville then airballed a deep 3-point attempt, and the Knights went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the last 24 seconds to ice the game. Eberhard added an exclamation point with a breakaway dunk to make the final margin six."That was one whale of a basketball game," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport.
. “You have to give Maryville a lot of credit. They shot an even 70 percent in the second half, and some those they hit we couldn’t have defended any better.”My message to the team after the game was do not forget January the fifth," Davenport said. “When things were not going your way, and you hung together and defended.”Eberhard led all scorers with 26 points, and the senior All-American added nine assists and six rebounds. Chivarsky Corbett added 21 points and hauled in a game-high eight rebounds as the Knights held a 33-22 advantage on the glass.A trio of Saints eclipsed the 20-point plateau with Casey Teson dropping in 23 to lead MaryvilleFor the game, the Knights actually outshot the Saints, finishing 30 of 57 for 52.6 percent while Maryville was 25 of 49 for 51 percent.Maryville did most of its damage beyond the 3-point line where they finished 13 of 23 (56.5 percent) compared to just seven of 20 (35 percent) for Bellarmine.
Both teams shot 26 free throws with the Knights converting 22 and the Saints making 20.Bellarmine improves to 12-0, 3-0 GLVC while the Saints slip to 5-8, 0-4 GLVC.The Knights return to action on Thursday when they’ll be home for the first time in GLVC play, hosting Quincy in an 8 p.m. game.