( Bellarmine University Release)
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Using a balanced attack, the No. 5 Bellarmine University Knights rolled past the visiting Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals 92-67 this afternoon in a non-conference game in Knights Hall.
At the outset of the game, however, it was the Cardinals of Wheeling Jesuit with the hot hand, burying four of their first five 3-pointers to stay close with the Knights through the first eight and half minutes. However, the Knights went on a 20-9 run to close the half and took a 41-29 lead into the locker room.
The second half was more of the same, with the Knights extending their lead to 26 by the 4:20 mark of the game on a Burton triple. Meanwhile, the Cardinals remained cold from the outside. After their initial start, they finished just four of 22 from beyond arc and shot just 29.6 percent from 3-point land.
The Knights (6-0) actually got better as the game progressed. After hitting 16 of28 shots (57.1%) in the first half, Bellarmine came out in the second half and made 17 of 25 for 68 percent.
Defensively, Bellarmine held Wheeling Jesuit's leading scorer, Ben Siefert, to just 12 points, which is 10 below his average. The Cardinals (2-3) were paced by 18 points from freshman Justin Fritts—last year's Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio.