Nov. 27, 2010

Courtesy of Bellarmine Athletics

CHARLESTON, W.V. -- The No. 3 Bellarmine University Knights got a wire-to-wire victory over the University of Charleston this afternoon, defeating the Golden Eagles 79-59 at the Charleston Civic Center on Day 2 of the John Dickensheets Classic.

Playing their second game in a span of just 19 hours, the Knights (3-0) started a little sluggish but were able to establish an early 12-4 lead. Charleston leading scorer Jon Liggins warmed up, however, and helped keep the Golden Eagles close. After Charleston (3-3) closed the margin to just one, Bellarmine was able to again built an 8-point before settling for a 34-30 halftime lead.

After going just 2-10 from 3-point range in the first half, Bellarmine heated up from beyond the arc and did a solid job of converting defensive rebounds into fast break opportunities and gradually built a lead that grew to 22. The Knights shot a sizzling 65.5 percent in the second period including going 5-12 on treys.

"We just didn't come out with a lot of energy," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "I don't think it was fatigue, though, because nobody played a lot of minutes last night. He added, "Two games in 19 hours is tough, but I thought this was good for us. The reason we scheduled like this is to simulate NCAA tournament play."

Jeremy Kendle again led the way for the Knights with 26 points. Also netting double digits for Bellarmine were Chris Dowe, who came off the bench to toss in 14, and Nick Holmes with 11. Braydon Hobbs had an all around good game going for four points, 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals.

One of the key statistics for the Knights was outrebounding the Golden Eagles by five when Charleston entered the game averaging a plus-15 rebounding margin over their opponents.

"One of the things I was most impressed with was the play of Justin Benedetti, especially in the first half when things weren't going very well for us. He really played solidly on the defensive end and worked hard rebounding the basketball." Benedetti finished with nine points and three rebounds.