Bellarmine wins another GLVC title
Knights win second consecutive GLVC tournament
ST. LOUIS -- Bellarmine won its second consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Sunday afternoon with an 87-81 overtime win against Southern Indiana at Moloney Arena.
Justin Benedetti was named Most Outstanding Player for the tournament, and secured the honors with 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists in the winning effort.
Joining Benedetti on the All-Tournament Team was Braydon Hobbs, whose 10 assists led all players, and complemented his 19 points. Brandon Hogg and Mohamed Ntumba of Southern Indiana, as well as Anthony Young of Kentucky Wesleyan rounded out the squad.
With the win, Bellarmine established a new school record with their 27th victory of the season, and will almost certainly remain on top of the Midwest Region rankings, which will be released on Sunday night. The region’s top team will play host to the first three rounds of the 2011 NCAA Division II Tournament starting on Saturday, Mar. 12.
The overtime period began with a blazing start as USI’s C.J. Trotter and Bellarmine’s Chris Dowe traded three-pointers from the corner. Following a second Trotter three, the Knights took a 69-68 lead off another Dowe jumper.
Both sides traded two-point possessions until Dowe sent BU ahead for good with a deep three, which bounced off the back of and then around the rim to go ahead, 74-72. On the ensuing possession, Trotter missed a jumper in the paint, which Jeremy Kendle rebounded. Kendle drove the length of the court, only to kick the ball out to Hobbs for a right-wing three and secure the game for the Knights.
Nick Holmes made the play of regulation with a rebound put-back and free throw with less than one minute to play, tying the game at 62. On the ensuing possession, Holmes swatted Hogg’s jumper in the paint, collected the rebound, and called a timeout. Chris Dowe’s three-point attempt from the top of the key bounced off the rim and hit the shot clock, sending the game to the extra period.
Leading 31-26 at the halftime break, Benedetti scored the first nine points of the second period for BU. At the 14:44 mark, Hobbs gave Bellarmine its largest lead of the contest at 43-32 when he drained a long-distance shot off a Benedetti pass.
Dowe led all scorers with 21 points off 7-13 shooting from the field. A total of five Knights scored in double figures, including Kendle with 12 and Luke Sprague with 10 before fouling out with 1:24 to play in regulation.
The Screaming Eagles were led by Ntumba’s 20 points and eight rebounds, both team highs. Hogg contributed 17 points to go with his seven rebounds and seven assists. As a team, USI outrebounded the Knights 33-26.
Pairings for next weekend’s regional tournament will be announced during a live web broadcast at 10 p.m. on the NCAA’s official website, www.ncaa.com.