The No. 1 Bellarmine Knights rolled to an 87-52 victory over visiting Christian Brothers on Saturday at Knights Hall in a non-conference NCAA Division II game.
Bellarmine extended its home court winning streak to 60 games as preseason All-American Adam Eberhard finished just two assists shy of a triple double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
The Knights turned in one of their most efficient games, committing just seven turnovers while distributing 21 assists and shooting 59.7 percent from the field. Twelve different Knights hit the scoring column with Ben Weyer and Chivarsky Corbett joining Eberhard in double digits with 15 and 12 points respectively.
Bellarmine opened up an 11-point advantage just eight and a half minutes into the contest and were never seriously threatened as the Knights limited the Buccaneers to just 35 percent shooting and forced 13 CBU turnovers.
“There are a lot of kudos to go around,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, who started his postgame comments by thanking the home crowd, which numbered more than 1,500 despite a Saturday full of conflicting collegiate sporting events and students studying for finals. “So thanks to these people, and they stayed.”
“I’m proud, very, very proud of these guys,” Davenport said, pointing out that the team didn’t take anything for granted and had great attention to detail. “I’ll say this about Christian Brothers,” he added, “they’re a team that has a plan about how they play…so we got something out of this game.”
In addition to the Knights’ regular players turning solid efforts, Coach Davenport saw some rarely-used players expand the Bellarmine lead in the final minutes.
One of the largest cheers of the game came when Cobe Penny-seeing his first action of the season-drained a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to put the Knights over the 85-point threshold, which earned everyone in the crowd free chicken in a promotion with local Zaxby’s restaurants.
Ethan Claycomb, a sophomore transfer from Indiana State, also scored his first points as a Knight finishing a play off a feed from Juston Betz, who recorded his first career assist.
Four Knights who took more than one shot were perfect from the field with Dylan Penn making all four of this shots, Daniel Ramser and CJ Fleming both going 3-for-3, and Parker Chitty hitting both of his shots.
Christian Brothers, which fell to 5-4 on the season, got 13 points from Nick Deifel to lead the way as the Knights bottled up leading scorer Adam Dieball for the most part, holding him to just nine points.
Bellarmine (7-0) now gets a bit of a break in action to concentrate on finals. The Knights’ next action comes when they host the Bellarmine Classic on Dec. 18 and 19. The four-team field for the Classic is a strong quartet of Division II teams with top-25 Barry coming in along with Northern Michigan and Southern Indiana.
The Knights play Barry on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. before taking on Northern Michigan the following day at 3 p.m.
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