ST. CHARLES, Mo.-In a game fitting of the postseason intensity, the Bellarmine Knights fought back from a 14-point second half deficit to defeat the Indianapolis Greyhounds 81-73 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference semifinals on Saturday afternoon in Family Arena.
The game ebbed and flowed mightily with each team owning a 13-0 run at some point in the game. The Greyhounds sprinted out to a 12-2 lead but then the momentum swung to the Knights as they battled back for the lead. After another shift in momentum, UIndy managed to establish a 38-33 halftime lead.
"This league is so much the best league in the country," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport after the game. "(Indianapolis) at one point was ranked number one in the country; they are a great basketball team. They're tough; they're unselfish, they're fundamental; they're everything a team is about."
After intermission, the Bellarmine offense kicked into high gear as they scorched the nets for 78.3 percent field goals shooting, including all five second half 3-pointers. Meanwhile, the BU defense held the Greyhounds to just 43 percent shooting after halftime, including just one of seven triples after they hit six of 10 in the first period.
"The difference in the basketball game was our ability to share the basketball, and that started with Chris Whitehead; he was finding Jake," said Davenport. "We had six assists and 10 turnovers in the first half, and that's just not us. We cut out turnovers and increased our passing...and we hit free throws," Davenport added.
Whitehead fell just short of a double-double by dishing out nine assists on the day. Meanwhile Troutman set a new career high in 3-pointers made by rattling home five of his seven treys. George Suggs also had a solid game making every shot he attempted on the day to finish with 12 points. The 6-10 junior, who sat for a considerable part of the second period due to foul trouble, made all four field goals-including two treys-and both of his free throws.
For the game, the Knights shot 63.8 percent and were eight of 12 (66.6%) from beyond the arc. The Hounds shot 46.3 percent for the game. UIndy won the battle of the backboards 29-26, as they outscored the Knights 14-5 in second chance points.
The Knights improved to 27-2 on the year and extended their win streak to 15 games, while the Greyhounds slipped to 23-5 overall.
Bellarmine advances to the GLVC final tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Family Arena, where they will meet Drury, who defeated Wisconsin-Parkside 68-67 in overtime