| Whitehead, Derksen lead Bellarmine past Saints 83-66 |
2/12/2015 | Men's Basketball | Box Score
ST. LOUIS-With five players scoring in double figures, the No. 3 Bellarmine Knights used a balanced attack to get past a tough Maryville University team 83-66 on Thursday night in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Moloney Arena.
The Knights improve to 21-2 on the season and hold on to first place in the GLVC East with a 13-1 record. Maryville slips to 10-13, 5-9 GLVC.
Josh Derksen and reigning GLVC Player of the Week Chris Whitehead led the Bellarmine effort with 19 points apiece. The duo also filled the stat sheet in categories other than points. Whitehead hauled in five rebounds and dished out six assists with just one turnover, and Derksen swatted three Saints shots.
The Maryville squad had Bellarmine a little out of rhythm in the first period, causing nine Knight turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. However, BU regrouped at half and came out in the second period and limited their turnovers to just four as they extended the lead to as many as 20.
"The matchup (zone) prevents you from really getting in sync unless you can get stops and attack aggressively and not allow them to get it set," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "In the second half, we hold them to 38 percent shooting which gives us the opportunity to not attack their set up matchup. It was a tough, tough game, but it was a good game for us. It wasn't our best, but I'm not blaming our guys for that, I think you give Maryville credit for that."
Coming into the game, the Knights ranked second in the nation in shooting and fourth in field goal defense. While the game stats didn't bear that out in the early going, by game's end Bellarmine finished shooting 50.9 percent and held the Saints to just 41.2 percent for the game.
Davenport credited better passing and taking care of the ball for turning around those numbers. "In the second half, we turn it over just four times and we have 11 assists," he said, "When we get 11 assists, we shoot 56 percent from the field."
The game opened on a positive note for the Saints as they won the opening tip and Armon Provo drilled a 3-pointer just 14 seconds into the game. However, the GLVC squads were slow to get any more offense on the board until Derksen canned a jumper at the 17:35 mark. After that, neither team led by more than two until Rusty Troutman connected on a triple to put the Knights up by five with 8:36 remaining in the first half. Although the Saints would slice the lead to just one, Bellarmine did not surrender the lead the rest of the game.
After intermission, the Knights couldn't get separation until they went on a 9-0 run beginning at the 12:29 mark, and Maryville could get no closer than 11 from that point on.
In addition to the solid numbers posted by Whitehead and Derksen, Josh Sewell and Jake Thelen chipped in 12 points apiece and Troutman finished with 10. Thelen led the Knights with eight rebounds, as Bellarmine won the battle of the backboards 33-26. Both Michael Parrish and Whitehead tied their career highs with five rebounds on the night.
Maryville got 20 points from their leading scorer Tray Pemberton while Evan Booker hauled in nine rebounds.
Both teams were impressive from the free throw line, with Bellarmine connecting on 19 of 20 and Maryville sinking 15 of 16.
Bellarmine gets to stay in town as they continue their road trip on Saturday afternoon at Missouri-St. Louis. The Tritons fell to 16-8, 8-6 GLVC after dropping a 76-69 decision to Southern Indiana tonight.
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