LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tyrae Robinson hit two free throws with 9.7 seconds left to lead No. 21 Indianapolis past No. 11 Bellarmine 64-62 at Knights Hall on Thursday.
The win by the Greyhounds (16-4, 8-4 GLVC) snapped the Knights’ (16-4, 8-4 GLVC) 29-game home winning streak, which was the longest active streak in Division II.
“This means a lot to our guys and shows that we can compete when we put our minds to it,” head coach Stan Gouard said. “I’m glad these guys were able accomplish something like this.”
The Greyhounds trailed by five with 32.8 seconds left, but cut the lead to three with 21.8 to go after Reece Cheatham hit all three free throws after being fouled behind the arc. Chris Dowe then made just 1 of 2 free throws for Bellarmine and Robinson then drove to the basket for a lay-in to cut the margin to one with 12.8 seconds left.
UIndy immediately got the ball back after Daniel Daudu deflected the inbounds pass off a Knight for the turnover. Robinson earned his free throws seconds later after Keisten Jones picked up a blocking foul as Robinson tried to navigate a ball screen.
“We didn’t want to give up and I wanted to stretch the game out and give ourselves a chance,” Gouard said.
The Knights had one more chance, but James Hollowell intercepted Dowe’s cross-court pass and ran the clock down to 1.5 seconds before being fouled and hitting one free throw for the final margin.
Hollowell led all players with 19 points, along with four rebounds and a career-high four steals, while Leland Brown had 15 points. Robinson finished with eight points, while Reece Cheatham scored nine. Brennan McElroy added nine points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Bellarmine was led by Vance Hall with 15 points and Dowe with 14.
Bellarmine took its first lead 48-47 since it was 5-4 with 4:51 to play after Keisten Jones converted Chris Dowe’s missed lay-up. After forcing a stop, the Knights added to it lead with a baseline jumper from Ryan Burton.
The Knights fought back from trailing by six at half to tie the game at 29, but the Greyhounds were able to regain an eight-point lead with 8:57 to play. Brown hit only his second 3-pointer of the season and then Jared Grady found Hollowell after a loose ball scramble for a lay-up in the 5-0 spurt.
The Greyhounds took control of the game with a 10-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a seven-point lead with 14:06 left in the first half.
The Knights rallied to pull back to within two, but lay-ups by Brennan McElroy and James Hollowell and a free throw line jumper by Tyrae Robinson pushed the lead to eight with 5:23 left. The Greyhounds were scoreless for almost four minutes, but Bellarmine scored just three points in that span until Reece Cheatham canned a jumper and McElroy scored off a Daniel Daudu steal to grow the lead to nine. Bellarmine came back with a 3-pointer to account for the 24-18 halftime margin.