Bellarmine earns tough road win
Kendle adds 27 points to go with Benedetti’s game-winning 3
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- No. 2 Bellarmine won a thrilling, roller coaster of a game as Justin Benedetti hit a 3-pointer in the waning seconds to propel the Knights to a 99-97 victory against the Indianapolis Greyhounds in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game Monday in Nicoson Hall.
After the Knights had established a 22-point lead in the early stages of the second half, the Greyhounds mounted a furious comeback aided by hitting eight of 12 second half 3-point attempts. The home team finally drew even at the 2:36 mark on an Adrian Moss trey.
Nick Holmes put Bellarmine back up by two with a layup 30 seconds later, but UIndy's Darius Adams answered with a triple to give the Greyhounds a 95-94 lead, their first since the early stages of the first half.
The lead grew to three after Holmes missed a pair of free throws and Adams canned two charity tosses. On the ensuing possession, the Greyhounds backed off as Braydon Hobbs drove the lane for a layup to pull the Knights back to within one at 97-96 with just 15 seconds left on the clock.
Bellarmine was forced to foul, and Nate Blank missed both of his free throw attempts. The Knights hurried the ball to the offensive end and Luke Sprague passed up a deep shot to hit an open Benedetti, who drained the 3 to give the Knights the lead at 99-97.
Following a time out by UIndy, Hobbs stole the inbound pass to seal the victory for the Knights.
Both teams put up impressive statistics as the Greyhounds finished hitting 15 of 26 3-point attempts (57.7 percent) while the Knights made 11 of 20 from long range (55 percent). Inside the arc, the shooting also was good as the Greyhounds shot 54.2 percent and the Knights made 50.8 percent.
Jeremy Kendle had a season high 27 to lead the Knights, while Adams, the GLVC's leading scorer, put up 33 for UIndy. Kendle also had another good rebounding night from his guard position as he collected nine for game-high honors. Hobbs added 19 points, dished off eight assists and made three steals.
"Two things about this game," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "One is the that in the first half we played tremendous basketball... the other thing is that we were going on fumes out there."
He added that Kendle and Holmes were both fighting cramps in the second half.
"This was an unbelievable win," Davenport said, adding that Indianapolis is a formidable team that had won 10 consecutive games coming into Monday's contest.
Bellarmine improved to 16-1, 9-0 in GLVC play and raised the Knights' division record to 3-0 with all three wins coming on the road. UIndy dropped to 13-3, 6-2.