(Bellarmine University Release)
The Bellarmine University men's basketball team fell victim to a last second shot as the host Truman State Bulldogs pulled out a 92-90 victory in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game in Pershing Arena.
After Bellarmine's Jake Thelen knotted the score at 90 with a layup with 22 seconds remaining, the Bulldogs worked the clock down and Reed Mells fired a contested jumper from the top of the key that found its mark with the clock reading 0:00.7. The clock was reset to a full one second, but a half-court shot by Bellarmine's George Suggs glanced off the rim as Truman State held on for the win.
Coming down the stretch, the Knights looked to be in control with an 88-82 lead and 3:35 remaining on the clock. However, the visitors hit a rare cold stretch over the next three minutes, and Truman took advantage by going on an 8-0 run and seizing a 90-88 lead with 29 seconds left.
"This one is on me," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "You're asking young men to communicate defensively and that's where the breakdown occurred...and that's on coaching and preparation."
Davenport added, "We played our hearts out-22 assists and we shot 54.1 percent on the road. Again, we make 14 of 21 free throws and they make 15 of 21."
Thelen led the Knights with 21 points and 10 rebounds to post his sixth double-double of the year. Other solid performances were turned in by Keisten Joneswith 19 points and a career high seven assists and Vance Hall tossed in 16 points and also dished out seven assists.