Bellarmine opens tourney with win
Knights make easy work of Indianapolis with 84-70 victory
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- No. 2 Bellarmine opened NCAA play today with an 84-70 victory against Indianapolis in the first round of the Midwest Regional at Knights Hall. The game marked the first time Bellarmine had hosted an NCAA tournament game since the 1962-63 season.
Bellarmine, the No. 1 seed, took an early lead and never looked back as the Knights got a season high 25 points from Braydon Hobbs and a career high 14 rebounds from Justin Benedetti.
The Greyhounds (19-9) scored the opening basket of the game, but that would be the only lead held by the No. 8 seed. Bellarmine (28-2) would go on to build a nine-point first half lead but settled for a 33-26 halftime advantage.
About midway through the second half, the Knights slowly built their lead into double digits. Coming down the stretch, Hobbs took the game over, scoring 11 points in the final 1:58 to extend the lead to 17 before UIndy hit a trey late in the contest to make the final margin 14.
Bellarmine placed a total of four players in double figures. In addition to Hobbs, other double digit scorers included Jeremy Kendle (21), Chris Dowe (11) and Justin Benedetti had a double-double with 15 points to go with this 14 rebounds.
The win sets up a third game against Northern Kentucky in the regional semifinals tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in Knights Hall. Tickets are still available and will go on sale prior to the 5 p.m. semifinal between Ferris State and Drury.
The Norse were 76-74 overtime winners over Kentucky Wesleyan a quarterfinal game. Earlier this season, the Knights defeated NKU 85-74 in Knights Hall on Jan. 20, and BU scored a 71-59 victory over the Norse on Feb. 12 at the Bank of Kentucky Center.
“I really don't have any preference who we play,” Coach Scott Davenport said in his postgame interviews. “They tell us who we have to play; they don't ask us who we want to play,” he said.