LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -(Courtesy Bellarmine Athletics)
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—And the beat goes on.For the 14th straight game this season and for the 65th straight time at home, the Bellarmine Knights were victorious. This time the top-ranked Knights thwarted a solid effort from visiting Truman State to post a 70-51 victory on Saturday afternoon in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game in Knights Hall.Although the Knights (14-0, 5-0 GLVC) shot a highly respectable 52 percent with 20 assists, it was the defensive effort that pleased Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport.
."That was a tough game, give Truman a lot of credit," he said. “That’s the best 3-point shooting team we’ve played. They make 10 a game and over 49 percent of their shots are threes. So our emphasis with only the one day of preparation was the three-point line, and we hold them to 25 (percent).”Bellarmine got off to a bit of a slow start with Truman jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead. However, as Coach Davenport said after the game, “when things were not going great, I was proud of our defense.” And it was that defensive effort that helped keep the Knights close over the first several minutes.The Knights' first lead of the game came at the 11:14 mark of the first half when Daniel Ramser found Ben Weyer
for a layup to put the Knights up 16-14. Bellarmine would not trail again.The Bulldogs (8-8, 3-3 GLVC) were held to just 29.2 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes as Bellarmine cruised into halftime with a 13-point cushion, 32-19.After the break, the Knights pushed the margin to 17 early, but Bulldogs fought back with a 12-2 run to get within 40-33 with 14:46 remaining. Bellarmine ended the run on a bucket by Adam Eberhard
, who led all scorers with 22. Truman State never threatened a serious comeback attempt thereafter, and the finalmargin of 19 represented the biggest lead of the game."We shoot 52 percent with 20 assists. Everybody in America would love with those numbers, but you go into (our) locker and they’re not very happy," Davenport said, referring to several easy missed opportunities. Despite the players not being satisfied with the win, several individuals put together very good performances. On the heels of a 13-point, 13-rebound performance on Thursday, Bellarmine’s Chivarsky Corbett
actually improved on that against the Bulldogs by adding one to his point total and matching his career-high 13 rebounds.
Bellarmine’s 14-straight victories tie last year’s team and the 2008-09 squad for the best start to a season by a Knight team. This year’s group will have the chance to claim the record by itself on Thursday night when Bellarmine travels to Liberty, Missouri to face William Jewell in a game slated for an 8:30 p.m. (ET) start. The Knights also will take on Rockhurst in the upcoming week, playing the Hawks at 4 p.m. (ET) on Saturday.