UIndy stuns No. 1 Bellarmine in OT
Brigham records double-double to propel Greyhounds
INDIANAPOLIS -- Mikel Brigham tipped in a missed shot with 1:10 remaining in overtime and Indianapolis hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 29 seconds to defeat No. 1 Bellarmine, 99-94, in overtime on Thursday night.
Mikel Brigham and Wilbur O'Neal both had double-doubles.
Brigham also hit 1-of-2 free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime, 84-84, after Chris Dowe's three-pointer at the buzzer spun around the rim and fell off.
Brigham was one of two Greyhounds (5-1, 1-0 GLVC) with double-doubles as he had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Wilbur O'Neal tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds in UIndy's first victory against the nation's top team since Jan. 8, 2004, against Southern Indiana.
"I think guys started feeling like they could win after responding when Bellarmine took an early lead," head coach Stan Gouard said. "They believed as the game went on. We started to make some adjustments to get stops and then get some buckets of our own. The biggest thing, though, was believing we can beat the No. 1 team in the country and we did."
Adrian Moss added 29 points, seven rebounds and four assists to help UIndy defeat the defending national champions (5-1, 0-1 GLVC) and Reece Cheatham added 24 points, all in the second half and overtime, three asissts and two rebounds. Louisville native Miles Mitchell scored 10 points, all in the second half and overtime, against his hometown school.
"It's great for the program because you don't get too many shots at No. 1 in the country," Gouard said. "I thought our guys were great tonight, especially in the second half and executed the way good ball clubs do."
UIndy trailed by seven at halftime, 37-30, after Bellarmine scored on a lay-up at the horn, but UIndy had recovered from an 11-point deficit less than five minutes into the game.
The Knights stretched their lead back to 11, 49-38, with 16:45 to go in the game, when UIndy responded with a 7-0 run on a Cheatham three-pointer, Brigham lay-up from Cheatham and offensive put-back by Mitchell. The Knights came right back with a three-pointer and eventually regained an eight-point lead, 61-53, with 11:06 to go, but UIndy didn't go away.
The Greyhounds tied the game for the first time, 67-67, as Cheatham converted on a four-point play after hitting a deep three-pointer on the right wing, while being fouled with 7:07 to play. The Knights again answered with a three-pointer to keep the lead, but Cheatham hit another three-pointer on the right wing to give UIndy its first lead since 2-0, 72-71, with 5:01 to play and then Moss added a deep three from the top of the key to stretch the lead to four.
Bellarmine came back with five in a row to regain the lead, 76-75, and were still up two, 78-76, when Cheatham canned another triple to put UIndy back in front, 79-78, with 2:41 to play. Brigham added a resounding dunk assisted by Jarrett Hamilton to push the Greyhounds' lead to three, 81-78, with 2:10 left.
The No. 1 team came back again to regain the lead, 82-81, on a Jeremy Kendle floater with 1:05 to go, but then Braydon Hobbs fouled Cheatham who hit both to give the lead back to UIndy, 83-82, with 46 seconds left. The Knights scored inside after a blocked shot by Brigham to regain the lead, 84-83, with 17 seconds left and UIndy called timeout.
The Greyhounds got a three-pointer from the right wing by Moss that missed, but with five Bellarmine guards on the floor O'Neal was able to secure the rebound. His attempt was blocked, but then Brigham rebounded and was fouled. After a timeout to ice the shooter by Bellarmine, Brigham missed the first free throw long, but then rattled home the second to send the game to overtime.
The Knights scored first in the extra session, but an offensive rebound led to a three-point play for O'Neal to put UIndy in front, 87-86. Bellarmine scored inside, but then Mitchell canned a three-pointer from the right wing to stretch the UIndy lead to 90-88 with 2:50 left.
The teams traded scores as Bellarmine tied the game, 92-all, with 1:42 remaining. On the next possession, Cheatham drove the left side of the lane and launched a floater that just missed, but Brigham tipped it high off the glass and in to give UIndy the lead for good, 94-92. Bellarmine missed a three-pointer on the next possession, but Hobbs secured the offensive rebound, but couldn't retain possession as he turned it over. UIndy ran the clock down and then Moss was fouled as he maneuvered around a ball screen. He hit both free throws with 29 seconds left to push the lead to four, 96-92.
Bellarmine came back with a potential three-point play, but Richie Phares missed the free throw. Moss was fouled again and hit both free throws to keep the lead at four, 98-94, which would hold up.
The Knights were led by its Preseason All-America back court of Kendle with 31 points and Hobbs with 14 points, 12 assists and four steals.
UIndy shot 56.9 percent overall (33-58), including 22-of-31 (.710) in the second half and overtime. After making only 1-of-11 three-pointers in the first half, UIndy connected on 8-of-13 the rest of the game. Bellarmine also shot well by making 53.4 percent (31-of-58). UIndy made 24-of-31 free throws, while the Knights connected on 22-of-28.
Bellarmine forced 17 UIndy turnovers, while only committing eight to have a 19-11 edge in points off turnovers, but UIndy dominated on the glass. The Greyhounds had a 38-19 rebounding advantage, including 12-4 on the offensive glass to lead to a 19-4 lead in second-chance points.