Bellarmine University mens basketball 2018-19
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The No. 1 Bellarmine men’s basketball team made it 58 straight home victories by knocking off Wayne State 81-61 on Saturday afternoon as the Knights made their 2018-19 regular season home debut.

Bellarmine took control early in the contest, and when Parker Chitty’s 3-pointer tickled the twine at the 14:31 mark of the first half, BU took the lead for good, running out to a 40-28 halftime advantage.

In the second period, Bellarmine blew the game open by making its first 12 shots and extending the lead to 26 at the midway point of the period. However, the Knights got a sloppy in the final portion of the game, but still managed to hang on for the 20-point victory.

“The start of the second half was tremendous, and then it wasn’t pleasant to watch for the last 12 minutes,” said Bellarmine Coach Scot Davenport. “There’s a fine line between arrogance and confidence. Confidence…you do your job with great urgency, great attention to detail. Arrogance…you think you can just do it any old way, and that’s what got us today. At times today we were on the confidence side of that line; at times we were on the arrogance side. Our performance was great, but our attention to detail was lacking.”

The stat sheet certainly backs up Davenport’s assertion. The Knights smoked the nets for 57.4 percent shooting and outrebounded the Warriors 33-22, and defensively Bellarmine held Wayne State to 40.8 percent shooting. The downside for Bellarmine was 16 turnovers with many of them being of the unforced variety.

Individually, Adam Eberhard led all scorers with 24 points while adding four rebounds and four assists with Chivarsky Corbett chipping in 13 points.

In his postgame comments, Davenport singled out senior Daniel Ramser for his solid play. “Daniel played super. He gets two and two rebounds, and he’s MVP of the game,” Davenport said. Ramser’s final numbers also included four assists, a block and a steal with no turnovers.

Ben Weyer also made a solid contribution with 11 points and five rebounds while Chitty added 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting and draining both of his free throws.

Karim Murray headed the Wayne State attack with 19 points and six rebounds as the Warriors fall to 0-4 on the season.

Bellarmine improves to 4-0 on the year and hosts Lindenwood at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. 

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