LOUISVILLE, Ky.-With 10 and a half minutes to go in the game, the top-ranked Bellarmine Knights were clinging to a 40-38 lead when they exploded for a 13-1 run over the next three minutes to essentially seal the game as they defeated the visiting Christian Brothers Buccaneers 68-51 tonight in Knights Hall.
The major catalyst during the run was junior Rusty Troutman, who poured in 10 of his game high 28 points, in that span. Bellarmine saw their lead grow to as many as 24 after a steal and a layup by Jarek Coles at the 3:11 mark.
"That was great for us to face that type of offense and discipline" said Coach Scott Davenport. "I'm really, really proud of our guys, especially those last 20 minutes. I don't know what to say about Michael Parrish and Al Davis. Their hearts are as big as this gym."
Davis and Parrish, despite neither standing over 5-9, led the Knights in rebounding with Davis hauling in 13 and Parrish running down six boards. The duo also combined for 17 points and six assists.
Bellarmine shot just 30.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes, but converted 60.7 percent of their second half shots to finish at 44.3 overall.
The Buccaneers were consistent throughout the night hovering right around the 40 percent mark shooting the entire game. However, the perimeter-oriented offense struggled from beyond the arc, making just three of 22 attempts for 13.6 percent.
One of the most interested statistics on the night were the relatively few fouls whistled. The teams combined for just 23 total fouls and only 12 free throws were shot in the entire game. Bellarmine canned all seven of its charity tosses while Christian Brothers was four of five from the line.
Bellarmine, which improved to 3-0, dominated the backboard winning the rebounding battle 40-26.