QUINCY, Ill.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team roared back from a 10-point halftime deficit to post a 90-79 road victory over the Quincy Hawks in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game on Thursday night at Pepsi Arena.
The host Hawks had the hot hand in the first half and took a 48-38 halftime lead thanks in large part to six of 10 shooting from 3-point range.
In the second period, Bellarmine gradually chipped away at the lead and finally wrestled the lead away from Quincy on a pair of Keisten Jones free throws at the 6:56 mark. The Knights never looked back. First BU got a defensive stop, then Josh Derksen followed that with a thunderous dunk to extend the lead to four.
On Quincy's next possession, Austin Weber misfired on a 3-pointer, and Corbin Maynard ripped away the would-be offensive rebound from a Quincy player and got a timeout to retain the possession. Then, Derksen converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to give the Knights a 75-68 cushion with 5:22 remaining.
Bellarmine then salted away the game in the final five minutes with solid defense, rebounding and outstanding offensive execution.
"It was a very impressive win for our guys," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "I'm really, really proud of them. In the second half we played solid Bellarmine basketball. We only missed nine shots in the second half. It just came back to great passing…the passing in the second half was fun to watch."
Six different Bellarmine players scored in double figures led by Jake Thelen with 22 and Vance Hall with a double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds). George Suggs led the team with six assists and added 14 points and five rebounds. Jones and Derksen also netted 14 on the night and Rusty Troutman chipped in with 10 points and six boards.
The Hawks got a solid effort from Chris Babbitt, who tallied a game high 27 points and hauled in five rebounds.
The game really came down to very different halves. In the opening 20 minutes, the Knights hit just two of 11 treys while make just 14 of 34 total field goal attempts (41.2%) while Quincy was six of 10 from downtown and 17 of 32 (53.1%) overall. The Hawks also won the rebounding battle 19-16.
In the second half, Bellarmine scorched the nets with 66.7 percent shooting (18-27) and was four of seven from long range while outrebounding the Hawks 23-14. Meanwhile, Quincy hit just 10 of 31 shots in the closing period, including a dismal two of 13 from the 3-point line.
In the two halves combined, the Knights were 32 of 61 from the field (52.5%) while Quincy was 27 of 63 (42.9%), and Bellarmine was a "plus-six" on the backboards with a 39-33 rebounding edge.
Bellarmine improves to 16-4, 8-4 GLVC while Quincy falls to 8-14, 3-9 GLVC.
The road trip only gets more difficult for the Knights, as Bellarmine travels to Kirksville, Mo., for a Saturday meeting with Truman State. The Bulldogs (16-4, 9-3 GLVC) pulled out their own come-from-behind victory tonight, scoring a 71-68 overtime win over No. 15 Southern Indiana.
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