(Bellarmine University Release) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Behind another stellar effort from Vance Hall, the No. 4 Bellarmine Knights defeated their second straight GLIAC opponent this afternoon in Knights Hall, defeating Grand Valley State 64-57.
Following a similar script to Thursday's win over Wayne State, the Knights (2-0) faced a slim halftime deficit before slowly taking control in the second half, extending the lead to as many as 14 before settling for the seven-point victory margin.
Hall paced the Knights with 24 points, and Keisten Jones provided the spark for Bellarmine with 17 second half points, including a stretch where he scored 10 straight.
"This was a tough overall game," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "We played well in spots, but we didn't play well collectively." He added, "It was a great win because (Grand Valley) came in after not playing since Monday and had to be thinking that if they could beat us, they'd have one up on Wayne State. So it was a critical, critical game."
One of the critical moments of the game came with about 11 minutes remaining. With the score tied at 37, Bellarmine hauled in three offensive rebounds to keep the possession alive then Hall drained a 3-pointer to start a 9-0 run that gave the Knights the lead for good.
After giving up 20 offensive rebounds to Wayne State on Thursday, the Knights limited the Lakers to just three as Bellarmine held a 31-27 overall rebounding advantage. Senior Chris Dowe led the way on the boards hauling in a game-high 10.
Grand Valley (1-1) was paced by Tyrone Lee and Ryan Majerle with 12 points apiece. Basketball fans are probably familiar with the Majerle name as Ryan's uncle Dan Marjerle enjoyed a 14-year career in the NBA.
Next up for the Knights is the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic hosted by the University of Southern Indiana this coming Friday and Saturday. Bellarmine will face Philander Smith College in a 5:15 p.m. (CST) contest on Friday, before taking on University of Virginia-Wise on Saturday with the same 5:15 p.m. (CST) tip.