( Bellarmine University Release)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. –The No. 12 Bellarmine University Knights gutted out a hard fought 75-71 victory over the Lewis Flyers in Great Lakes Valley Conference action this afternoon in Knights Hall.
The Knights (12-2, 4-2 GLVC) got big contributions from up and down the lineup as five Bellarmine players posted double figures scoring including a career-high 13 points from freshman George Suggs. Vance Hall and Jake Thelen shared team-high scoring honors with 16.
"This was as hard a fought win as you're ever going to be a part of," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "That was a heck of a college basketball game."
The visiting Flyers (9-5, 3-3) sprinted out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and shot 59.1 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes to take a 32-27 lead into halftime. Bellarmine, who came in as the best shooting team in the league, struggled in the opening 20 minutes and made just 10 of 25 from the field as they trailed the entire period.
After playing the first five minutes of the second half essentially even, Bellarmine finally found some momentum and took their first lead of the game on a Suggs 3-pointer at the 10:39 mark. The two GLVC East Division foes went toe-to-toe from that point on with six ties and eight more lead changes.
Bellarmine took the lead for good at the 1:53 mark when Suggs drained another trey off a called play and an assist by Chris Dowe.
After a missed 3-pointer by Lewis, Keisten Jones swished a jumper from just inside the top of the key to put the Knights ahead 69-66 with just 1:17 remaining.