Dowe leads Bellarmine to road triumph

12/1/2012 | (Bellarmine University release)

MONTGOMERY, W.V.—Led by a 19-point, 11-rebound effort from Chris Dowe, the No. 5 Bellarmine University Knights improved to 5-0 with an 80-69 road win over the Golden Bears of West Virginia Tech in a non-conference, non-divisional game at the Neal Baisi Athletic Center.

Defensively, the Knights did a solid job on Tech's high-scoring point guard David Rawlinson, who came in averaging 24.8 points per game but was bottled up for just eight points on 3-of-13 shooting.

"If you don't pack your defense on the road, you have no chance," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport," so I'm very proud of our guys."

The coach also was pleased with the team effort. "(The win) came from so many different places," he said, "Jake Thelen goes six for seven and had 12 points and five rebounds; Jelani (Johnson) has seven points and five rebounds, and Chris and Vance (Hall) were incredible."

The final margin of 11 points doesn't reflect the closeness of the game. The Golden Bears grabbed a lead early in the first half, then led most of the opening period before the Knights went on a 14-2 run to take a 39-32 halftime lead.

The home team came back after the break and trimmed the Bellarmine margin to just three on several occasions, but the Knights responded by running out to a 13-point lead and held on for the victory by hitting 10 of 11 second half free throws.