LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)
(From Bellarmine Athletics)
-KANSAS CITY, Mo.-The No. 1 Bellarmine Knights used a 16-4 run in the first half to establish a double-digit lead then held off a determined Rockhurst team to win 82-71 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse.While the Knights found themselves outshot for the first time this season, the host Hawks could not contain Bellarmine’s Adam Eberhard as the All-American poured in a career-high 33 points. The 6-8 senior hit 11 of 16 shots and drained all 10 of his free throw attempts.
“That was a tough, tough game,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “It was very, very physical, but it was physical both ways, so I’m not making any judgment there, but you have to adjust to that, so that’s on us. To give up 59 percent shooting in the second half and to get outscored in the paint 46-26, is not acceptable.”
One of the brightest spots for the Knights, Davenport said was the play of Tyler Jenkins, who finished with 13 points and four assists. “You’ve got a guy who one year ago today never knew he was going to play another college basketball game in his life with shoulder surgery and ulcerative colitis and who has struggled from the line, but has worked incredibly hard. They (Rockhurst coaches and players) are yelling, ‘Foul him,’ and I could take him out of the game, but I appreciate his loyalty and leadership so much, and he goes in there and goes nine for 11 from the line.”Other outstanding contributions were turned in by Chivarsky Corbett, who posted his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Parker Chitty, who Davenport said had his best game of the season with four assists, no turnovers and two steals to go along with three points.