Bellarmine Athletics

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The No. 1-ranked Bellarmine University men's basketball team suffered its first defeat of the season, 79-74 against St. Catharine College on Wednesday in the Bill Joergens Memorial Tournament hosted by the University of Southern Indiana.

Bellarmine jumped out to an early lead and held a 41-28 halftime advantage, but the Patriots (10-2) shot 61.3 percent in the second half to make the comeback as the Knights converted just 40 percent during the final period and made just 13 of 24 second-half free throws.

"This game was lost because [St. Catharine] took 31 second-half shots, missed just 12 and they got six offensive rebounds," Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport said. "That means we stopped them just six times.

"This wasn't about anything but bad fundamentals," he added, saying that the Knights' shot selection was "horrendous."

St. Catherine, ranked No. 15 in the NAIA Division I, was led by reserve center Ervin Williams with 21 points and nine rebounds. Kashiff Carr added in 19 for the Patriots. Braydon Hobbs paced the Knights with 17 points and nine rebounds.

One of the lone highlights for the Knights was that Justin Benedetti became the 30th Bellarmine player to reach the 1,000-point mark. Benedetti, a senior, reached the milestone with a 3-pointer at the 5:49 mark of the first half.