Bellarmine tops Kentucky Wesleyan 86 to 69

(Bellarmine University Release )

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—On a record-setting night, the No. 6 Bellarmine University Knights used an all-around strong performance to dispatch the No. 18 Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers 86-69 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game in Knights Hall on Saturday night.

The win extended Bellarmine's school record and nation's longest active home winning streak to 29 games and upped the Knights' 2012-13 record to 16-3, 8-3 GLVC.

The Panthers had an even longer streak snapped when they went 0-11 from 3-point land, ending a 691-game streak of making at least one 3-pointer in a game. It was the first time since the introduction of the 3-pointer into Division II college basketball that KWC failed to make a triple.

Bellarmine jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead on a pair of Vance Hall buckets—one from beyond the arc—and led 9-8 at the first media timeout. The one point margin would as close as the Panthers would come as the Knights went on a 13-0 run to fuel a 15-2 advantage in the game's second media segment.

The Panthers could get no closer than 12 for the remainder of the first half, and Bellarmine took a 41-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Kentucky Wesleyan closed to within eight in the opening minutes of the second period, but another 13-0 run by the Knights gave them a 21-point cushion, and the Panthers never seriously challenged after that.

"This game was tremendous," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "Everybody contributed, the coaching staff did a great job scouting this team, and the crowd was phenomenal. It was a great day at Bellarmine."

Hall led a quartet of double-digit scorers for the Knights with 22 on the night, and Chris Dowe helped set the table by dishing out 10 assists.

Jake Thelen added 17 points on six of nine shooting while Keisten Jones contributed 13 points and Ryan Burton netted 11.