Southern Indiana shocks Bellarmine
Hogg leads five in double figures in upset of No. 1 Knights
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- No. 13 Southern Indiana earned a berth into its second consecutive GLVC championship game with a 71-68 upset of No. 1 Bellarmine in semifinal play Friday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.
The Screaming Eagles (23-6) did not trail in the contest through the first 35:02, when Bellarmine took the lead momentarily on a Jeremy Kendle fastbreak layup. USI led by as many as 16 points in the contest, but after the 12:27 mark in the second half, the game featured 17 lead changes and ties.
USI outrebounded the Knights 38-21, and got 18 points from its bench to Bellarmine's five in the contest.
Kendle tried to keep Bellarmine (25-3) in the ballgame, scoring the final six points of the Knights' total. The junior finished with 22 total points to lead all scorers.
GLVC first-team selection Brandon Hogg led Southern Indiana with 20 points, while Isaac McClure tallied 18 points and grabbed a career-high tying 15 rebounds. Austin Davis put in a career-best 16 points off the Screaming Eagle bench, while Kenyon Smith added 11 points and nine rebounds to the USI attack.
In addition to Kendles' 22, Chris Dowe tallied 17 points and Luke Sprague added 13 points. GLVC Player of the Year Braydon Hobbs recorded a career-high seven steals in the loss.
The Screaming Eagles advance to the 2012 GLVC Men's Basketball Championship title game against third-seeded Northern Kentucky on Sunday. Southern Indiana has won a pair of GLVC titles in men's basketball in 2005 and 2007.