Southern Ind. tops No. 1 Bellarmine
Hogg leads Screaming Eagles with 20 points, nine rebounds
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- No. 1 Bellarmine saw its school record 17-game win streak snapped in a 75-72 loss to No. 11 Southern Indiana on Thursday night.
Chris Dowe's desperation 3-point attempt to tie the game from beyond the left wing as time expired bounced off the front iron, as the capacity crowd stormed the court.
Bellarmine (22-2, 14-2) shot a season-low 43 percent (25-58) from the field for the game, and was out-rebounded 42-32 on the evening.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 11 USI 75, No. 1 Bellarmine 72|
|No. 2 West Liberty 84, W. Va. State 73|
|No. 6 Ala.-Huntsville 96, Delta State 53|
|No. 10 Western Wash. 77, NW Nazarene 67|
|No. 15 Northern Ky. 67, No. 12 Ky. Wesleyan 55|
|No. 20 Ark. Tech 68, S'western Okla. 57|
|No. 25 UIndy 73, Lewis 64|
Southern Indiana's Lawrence Thomas took over in the final three minutes of the contest, scoring a pair of 3-pointers and two critical free throws to lead the Screaming Eagles to the upset win after trailing by as many as 16 points.
Braydon Hobbs tied a season high with 20 points off 7-15 shooting from the field. His two assists tied a season low. As a team, BU dished out 11 assists, but only three in the second half.
Keisten Jones (16), Dowe (14), and Jeremy Kendle (13) were the other double figure scorers for Bellarmine. Dowe collected a team-high eight rebounds.
Brandon Hogg led Southern Indiana with 20 points and nine rebounds.
Luke Sprague found himself in foul trouble the majority of the game. He scored nine points in 23 minutes before fouling out with 21.3 seconds to play in the contest.
Southern Indiana took its first lead of the game at 48-47 with 17:07 remaining when Kenyon Smith converted on a layup in transition off a pass by Isaac McClure.
The Knights quickly regained the lead, and pushed the margin to as many as four points when Dowe provided the highlight of the night for BU with a steal at the top of the key before racing down the floor for a one-handed slam dunk, giving the visitors a 60-56 lead
Bellarmine came out firing and dominated the game's opening minutes. Bellarmine obtained its largest lead of the game at 25-9 with 12:30 to play in the half when Dowe drove the baseline for a short jumper, was fouled, and converted the ensuing free throw.