11/9/2015 | Men's Basketball | Box Score
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-Playing their third exhibition game in nine days, the Bellarmine Knights gave an outstanding effort but lost 73-62 to the No. 15 Indiana Hoosiers tonight before more than 17,000 fans at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers capitalized on Bellarmine turnovers and strong offensive rebounding to fuel an 18-0 run starting at the 14:31 mark of the first half to take control of the game. The advantage swelled to as many as 23 in the first half, but the Knights closed on a 7-0 run to trim the lead to 15 (35-20) at the half.
Bellarmine and George Suggs, in particular, opened the second period on fire to trim the margin to single digits at 38-29 as the senior forward canned three consecutive 3-pointers. The Knights continued to play tough and outscored the Hoosiers 42-38 in final period.
"What a courageous effort," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "We outscored them by 12 points in the last 24 minutes of the game. I am so proud because our guys never stopped for one second. We played 40 minutes."
"It was an absolute A-plus for us tonight," Davenport added. "They (IU) are really, really good. When they shoot the ball, and score with that kind of dynamics, it makes it really tough to defend. I'm the luckiest coach in the world to have three institutions like Louisville, Cincinnati and Indiana allow us to play in these tremendous venues. I know this made our basketball team better."
Suggs finished with 17 points to lead the Knights, and Rusty Troutman had another solid performance with 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The Hoosiers were paced by Yogi Ferrell, who drained five of nine triples and finished with 21 points to lead all scorers. Troy Williams added 20 for IU.
Indiana Coach Tom Crean said his team took away positives from the matchup with Bellarmine. "The biggest thing that our team has got to take away is that champions play to the final second," he said. "They never go away. They're well-coached. They're very skilled. They're versatile. They do different things. And when you're going against teams like that, you have got to be engaged."
Davenport utilized 15 players in the game tonight with only Rhett Troutman not seeing action due to an injury. Yasin Kolo had 10 second half points to finish with 12 points and four rebounds.
The most glaring statistic in the game was rebounding, where IU held a 41-26 advantage. Again, the Knights made amends in the second half matching the Hoosiers' 16 second half boards.
Coach Davenport pointed to assists as the indicator of Bellarmine's play. "In the first half we only have four assists and scored 20 points. The second half we have seven and score 42," he said.
Bellarmine now moves on to regular season play and will host Northwood on Saturday and Saginaw Valley on Sunday in the GLVC-GLIAC Challenge.
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