No. 1 Bellarmine downs No. 8 USI
Kindle tallies 16 points, six rebounds to lead Knights
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- No. 8 Southern Indiana was overpowered by top-ranked Bellarmine, 67-53 on Thursday night. USI dropped to 15-3 overall and 7-3 in the GLVC, while Bellarmine goes to 17-1, 9-1 GLVC.
The Eagles got off to a good start against the Knights, jumping out to a 14-7 lead in the first six minutes of the game. Bellarmine, however, rebounded with a 13-0 run to take a 20-14 advantage.
The Knights extended the run to 17-2 and would lead by as many as nine points in the final 10 minutes of the first half. The teams would head into halftime with Bellarmine up 34-26.
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|Lewis 78, No. 21 Indianapolis 66|
|No. 25 UAA 81, NW Nazarene 64|
The second half opened with Bellarmine quickly moving the lead to 13 points before USI could get back on the scoreboard. The Eagles responded with a 13-3 run of their own to cut the deficit to three points, 42-39 with 12:34 to play. This would be as close as USI would come the rest of the game.
The Knights took back the momentum with the next bucket and exploded on a 20-3 run to post their largest lead of the game, 62-42 with 6:10 remaining. The Eagles would chip away at the deficit in the final minutes, but could not get any closer than the 14-point final, 67-53.
USI was led in the scoring column by Lawrence Thomas, who posted 13 points. He went 5-7 from the field, 2-3 from beyond the 3-point arc and 1-2 from the charity stripe.
Brandon Hogg was the only other Eagle to reach double figures in scoring with 10 points, all coming in the first half.
Jeremy Kindle lead Bellarmine in scoring with 16 points. He also pulled down six rebounds.
Overall, USI outrebounded Bellarmine, 31-25, but lost the field goal percentage battle, 50 percent (25-50) to 42 percent (21-50).