Jan. 23, 2010

Courtesy of Bellarmine

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.--The Bellarmine University men's basketball team earned a hard fought 74-69 road victory at Northern Kentucky University this afternoon at the Bank of Kentucky Center in front of 5,319 fans and a national television audience.

Junior Jeremy Kendle led the way for the Knights with another outstanding all around performance. The Jeffersonville native scored a game high e high 21 points, dished out six assists and hauled in seven rebounds.

"This was big," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, "to get road win in a league this tough against a quality opponent on in this arena in front of a national television audience .I just hope it looked as good to them as it did to me."

Bellarmine (13-6, 6-4 GLVC) established an early lead, then held off a determined NKU squad to get their second straight wire to wire victory. The Knights held a 10-point halftime advantage, but the Norse came out strong in the second half and eventually cut the lead to one. Each time NKU got close, however, Bellarmine had an answer.

The Knights were able to put the game away with solid a performance at the free throw line and by taking care of the basketball. Despite starting the game hitting just one of its first three free throws, Bellarmine finished the game 23 of 29 from the line and committed just five turnovers.

Davenport said the victory is a sign that Bellarmine has grown as a team. "One month ago, I don't know if we win this game," he said, explaining that in the past few weeks, the team is has grown to trust one another and make the extra pass. Bellarmine finished with 15 assists on 23 made baskets.

Northern Kentucky (10-9, 3-7 GLVC) held a 32-24 advantage on the backboard, led by center David Palmer's 12 rebounds. The Norse placed all five starters in double figures, led by Palmer with 15.

Junior Justin Benedetti (17 points) and sophomore Luke Sprague (15 points) joined Kendle in double figure scoreing for the Knights.

Bellarmine swings back into action with a road game at Quincy on Thursday night.