The No. 1 Bellarmine Knights closed calendar year 2018 and their non-conference schedule with a bang on Saturday night, turning in a near-perfect performance and romping past Martin Methodist 105-62 in Knights Hall.
The win pushed Bellarmine’s season record to 10-0 and extended the home court win streak to 63 games.
In a game that was out-of-hand early-Bellarmine led by 17 at halftime, superlatives splash across the final stat sheet. In fact, it’s difficult to rank which statistical highlight is the most impressive. Among the eye-popping statistics:
- 32 assists on 40 made baskets with 12 different Knights recording at least one assist
- 71.4 percent shooting for the game, coming just short of the school record set earlier this year at Southern Indiana when BU made 72.6 percent.
- Adam Eberhard’s perfect night shooting, tying the school record by going 9-of-9 from the field and draining all six of his free throws
- Outrebounding the RedHawks 31-14 while allowing just two Martin Methodist offensive boards.
- Draining 17 of 19 free throws (89.5%)
“Everybody practices and everybody contributed (tonight),” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, who played all 13 players who were healthy and dressed. “It was an incredibly great day for us. Martin Methodist…ran things, changed defenses. I mean, it wasn’t like we were just going to go crazy and do this and that.”
Davenport was most pleased with the team effort. “My highlight of the day…after the first minute of the second half, I went to the far baseline and turned so I could watch the other 12 guys who are now supporting Dylan Penn, Cobe Penny, Willie Schurfranz …it was incredible watching those guys.”
After a bit of a sluggish start to the game, the Knights ramped up their play in a big way. Javonte Cooper canned a jumper to give Martin Methodist a 7-6 advantage, but Bellarmine responded by reeling off a 15-2 spurt to take control of the game.
Davenport went deep into his bench in the first 20 minutes, utilizing all 13 players as the Knights took a 46-29 lead at the break.
When play resumed, Davenport started the same five players who were on the court to end the first half: Penny, Penn, Schurfranz, Eberhard and Juston Betz. That quintet extended the lead over the first four minutes of the second half, and Bellarmine went on to lead as many as 47 points.
The Knights eclipsed the century mark for the first time since a January 14, 2017 overtime game at Quincy. The last time Bellarmine scored more than 100 in Knights Hall was on January 30, 2016 when BU pounded the University of Indianapolis 101-65.
In tonight’s game, Eberhard led all scorers with 26. Chivarsky Corbett converted seven of his eight shot attempts and poured in 18 points for the Knights. Also reaching double digits for Bellarmine were Alex Cook and Penn with 13 and 11 respectively. Eberhard also posted a game-high seven rebounds while Parker Chitty notched seven assists with no turnovers for the Knights.
Adrian Smith paced the RedHawks (3-8) with 14 while Cooper netted 12.
Bellarmine now moves to strictly Great Lakes Valley Conference play. Next up for the Knights is a road trip to take on Missouri-St. Louis and Maryville on Jan. 3 and 5.
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