LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The No. 10/11 Bellarmine Knights re-wrote the record books in overwhelming the visiting Saint Joseph's Pumas 113-60 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game in Knights Hall on Thursday evening.
It took Rusty Troutman just 13 seconds to write his name in the Bellarmine record book. After winning the opening tip, the Knights got the ball to the junior guard at the right elbow, and he swished a jumper to become the 37th member of the Bellarmine 1,000 point club. Minutes later George Suggs registered a block to become the Knights' all-time leader with 164 career swats.
The most impressive record on the night, however, was the 37 assists the Knights registered, shattering the school record of 31 set nearly 12 years ago. With that passing performance, it should come as no surprise that Bellarmine connected on 46 of its 69 shots for 66.7 percent.
The 53-point victory margin was the sixth largest in school history, and the 113 points were the eighth most by a Bellarmine team, and the most since the Knights lost 115-120 to Ashland on Nov. 13, 2002.
The visiting Pumas never led as the Knights raced out to a 14-2 lead in game's first three and a half minutes. Bellarmine drilled their first 10 shots of the game, including two from beyond the arc, and St. Joe's got no closer than 10 points for the game's final 36 and a half minutes.
As good as Bellarmine's offense was, their defense was almost as impressive, holding SJC to just 30.4 shooting, including three of 22 from beyond the arc.
"That was a phenomenal performance," Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport said. "I'm proud of all 15 guys, because they kept telling me after the road trip that they had grown. My challenge to them tonight was if you've truly grown...then you have to grow tonight. It's a two-game home stand and it's (almost) February, so they deserve all the credit in the world."
Five Knights reached double figures as 14 different players hit the scoring column. Josh Derksen and Troutman led the way with 14 apiece. Nick Fredrick and Brent Bach came off the bench to post 13 each, and Suggs went 4-for-4 from 3-point land to finish with 12 points.
No Bellarmine player logged more than 21 minutes as nine different players set career highs in at least one statistical category.
Four different players set or tied personal bests in assists, including senior Michael Parrish, who dished out nine in just 17 minutes of action. Sophomore Jarek Coles made the most of his 21 minutes by registering career highs in both assists (7) and rebounds (5).
The Knights improve to 16-3 on the season and 9-1 in the GLVC, which is tied with Indianapolis for the league lead. Wisconsin-Parkside fell to 8-2 in league play as McKendree shocked the Rangers 92-85 Thursday night in Lebanon, Illinois,
Saint Joseph's, who got 16 points from Nathan Tidwell to lead all scorers, fell to 8-11, 4-6 GLVC.
The Knights now move into a showdown with co-GLVC leader Indianapolis on Saturday night at Knights Hall. The Bellarmine homecoming game is set for an 8 p.m. tip.