(Bellarmine University Release )
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The Bellarmine Knights put together its best showing of the season today in handing the No. 7/11 Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters a 98-84 defeat in front of a near capacity crowd in Knights Hall.
Junior Rusty Troutman poured in a career-high 34 points and hauled in a game-high eight rebounds to lead the Knights, but Head Coach Scott Davenport was the most pleased with the team effort Bellarmine gave tonight, citing the 21 team assists and gang-rebounding totals as statistical evidence of their team play.
"The key to the game is that they're (Lincoln Memorial) so talented at the one, two and three positions," Davenport said. "In the first half they were 13 of 20 from the field and in the second half those same three were eight of 24. "That's our perimeter players making some defensive adjustments, and I couldn't be more proud. Nobody loves to talk more than I do, and I can't put into words how proud I am."
Today's game was one of the marquee games of the season in Division II basketball as last year's No. 1 seeds from the Midwest and Southeast regions collided in a game that strangely enough counts as an in-region game since LMU is located in Tennessee (a state that borders Kentucky.) In terms of rankings, the Railsplitters came in No. 7 in the media poll and No. 11 in the NABC (coaches) poll while Bellarmine was ranked No. 13/17. The game lived up to expectations as the 14-point victory margin wasn't indicative of the competitive nature of the game.