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Bellarmine stays unbeaten with 81-73 win at Fairmont State

12/19/2013 | Men's Basketball | Box Score

FAIRMONT, W.V.-The No. 2 Bellarmine Knights withstood a 13-0 second half run from Fairmont State, then dug in and pulled out a gritty 81-73 victory over the Fighting Falcons at Joe Retton Arena in and NCAA Division II non-conference game.

The Knights (8-0) got a career high 28 points from Vance Hall and a double-double from Jake Thelen with 22 points and 11 rebounds. However, perhaps the most valuable performance came from Corbin Maynard who came up with clutch steals and a key offensive rebound coming down the stretch.

"For our guys to come into this environment on the road and come away with a win...I'm very happy," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, who added the Fairmont media and the university had pulled out all the stops to promote the game. "We will savor this (win) every minute of our six hour ride home."

The Knights and Fighting Falcons (7-3) went toe-to-toe in the game's early going with nine lead changes in the first 10 minutes. Bellarmine relied on its customary hot shooting to establish their 45-37 halftime lead as the Knights committed 10 first half turnovers but shot 63 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

In the second period, Bellarmine quickly opened up a 12-point lead, but the Falcons upped their defensive pressure and scored 13 straight to take the lead 50-49. A pair of Rusty Troutman free throws put Bellarmine back on top 51-50.

After the home team wrestled the lead away, the Knights fought back and seized the lead for good at the 6:42 mark on an old-fashioned three-point play by Thelen.

Moments later, Maynard came up with one of his four steals, and the Knights converted it into a layup at the other end for a 69-64 lead, to give Bellarmine their first "two-possession lead since 16:15 mark of the second half.

Despite several uncharacteristic free throw misses, the Knights finished the game down the stretch with solid defense and good work on the backboards to keep the Falcons at bay.

"When our poise was tested tonight," Davenport said, "we dug in...and that's what great teams have to do." He added how important the team effort was to the victory, pointing to contributions to the victory up and down the lineup. "My point is, this is what teams do. It's not just one guy, so this is a great win for the team. We talked the last couple of days about how finals were over and this game would be their final exam in basketball. Let's give them an 'A.'"

One of the challenges for the Knights was battling foul trouble, especially along the front line. George Suggs was limited to just eight minutes in the first half, and Thelen eventually fouled out. Keisten Jones and Josh Derksen also found themselves saddled with foul trouble. As a result, Davenport went to a 2-3 zone for much of the second period, and the ninth year coach said the ploy shortened the game. "The zone saved us," he said.

The Knights continued to shoot the ball well, finishing with a 59.6 shooting percent from the field. Meanwhile, the Bellarmine defense limited FSU to just 43.4 percent shooting for the game and allowed just 10-of-30 shooting in the second half. The Falcons were just four of 17 from 3-point range for just 2.35 percent.

Bellarmine was plagued by turnovers, committing 22 on the night and compounded the problem hitting just 21 of 32 free throws. However, the host team also coughed up the ball with regularity, making 18 turnovers, and Fairmont did slightly better from the charity stripe, connecting on 23 of their 32 attempts.

Four Falcons reached double figures on the night, led by Thomas Wimbush, who netted 25. The left-handed forward also was his team's leading rebounder with eight.

Bellarmine now gets quite a break, and does not return to action until Jan. 3, when they open Great Lakes Valley Conference play at William Jewell.

BOX SCORE (HTM)




Bellarmine vs Fairmont State 
12/19/13 6 p.m. at Fairmont, W.Va. -- Joe Retton Arena

Newspaper Box Score

Bellarmine vs Fairmont State

12/19/13 6 p.m. at Fairmont, W.Va. -- Joe Retton Arena

At Fairmont, W.Va. -- Joe Retton Arena

BELLARMINE 81, FAIRMONT STATE 73

BELLARMINE (8-0)

Hall, Vance 8-11 9-14 28; Thelen, Jake 10-12 2-3 22; Jones, Keisten 3-7 3-6

9; Suggs, George 3-6 1-2 7; Gibson, Tanner 2-4 2-2 7; Troutman, Rusty 1-5

4-4 6; Maynard, Corbin 1-2 0-1 2; Stoner, Josh 0-0 0-0 0; Derksen, Josh 0-0

0-0 0. Totals 28-47 21-32 81.

FAIRMONT STATE (7-3)

Thomas Wimbush 9-12 7-8 25; Stevie Browning 5-16 5-6 16; Shammgod Wells 2-7

7-8 13; Caleb Davis 3-9 4-10 11; Trevor Andrews-Evans 2-2 0-0 4; Martins

Abele 2-3 0-0 4; Tommy Scales 0-0 0-0 0; Chase Morgan 0-2 0-0 0; Otar

Pkhakadze 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-53 23-32 73.

Bellarmine....................   45   36  -   81

Fairmont State................   37   36  -   73

3-point goals--Bellarmine 4-12 (Hall, Vance 3-4; Gibson, Tanner 1-2; Jones,

Keisten 0-3; Troutman, Rusty 0-2; Maynard, Corbin 0-1), Fairmont State 4-17

(Shammgod Wells 2-4; Stevie Browning 1-6; Caleb Davis 1-2; Chase Morgan 0-2;

Otar Pkhakadze 0-2; Thomas Wimbush 0-1). Fouled out--Bellarmine-Thelen,

Jake, Fairmont State-Trevor Andrews-Evans; Shammgod Wells.

Rebounds--Bellarmine 31 (Thelen, Jake 11), Fairmont State 28 (Thomas Wimbush

8). Assists--Bellarmine 10 (Hall, Vance 2; Gibson, Tanner 2; Jones, Keisten

2), Fairmont State 10 (Chase Morgan 3). Total fouls--Bellarmine 24, Fairmont

State 27. Technical fouls--Bellarmine-None, Fairmont State-TEAM. A-1071

Bellarmine is #2 in the latest edition of the NABC Coaches Poll

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