Third-ranked Drury pulls away from Indianapolis in battle of unbeatens
INDIANAPOLIS -- Cameron Adams scored 21 points, including 17 after halftime, to lead four Panthers in double-figures as No. 3 Drury defeated No. 16 Indianapolis 83-69 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference battle of unbeatens on a snowy Sunday afternoon at the O'Reilly Family Event Center.
Drury's 34th consecutive victory moved the Panthers to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in the GLVC and set up a Thursday showdown with nationally second-ranked Bellarmine.
The Panthers outscored Indianapolis 42-30 in the second half to break open a tight game down the stretch. Ian Carter had season highs of 17 points and eight rebounds, Kameron Bundy had 14 points and Sean Osler added 10 points off the bench for DU.
The Panthers made 15 of 26 shots after halftime to finish at 55 percent, while holding the Greyhounds to a season-low 42 percent. UIndy made just 7 of 23 shots after halftime.
The Panthers finished with a 34-29 rebounding advantage against the taller Greyhounds, with Carter's eight supported by seven boards from Adams and Drake Patterson.
Drury went 8-for-8 in the final 2:26 at the free-throw line to close out the victory, finishing 15 of 19 at the stripe for the game.
Joe Lawson finished with 16 points, Tyrae Robinson added 15 points and Reece Cheatham had 11 points to lead the Greyhounds.
No. 2 Bellarmine 92, Rockhurst 64
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sparked by a 26-5 run to open the second half, No. 2 Bellarmine rolled to a 92-64 victory against homestanding Rockhurst on Sunday afternoon in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Mason-Halpin Field House.
In the opening 20 minutes, the Knights—by their standards—turned in a lackluster performance shooting just 46.4 percent while forcing just two Rockhurst turnovers. After the break, however, Bellarmine overwhelmed the Hawks to pull out an easy victory.
The Knights owned a slim 39-36 halftime lead, and Rockhurst climbed to within two when B.J. Dunbar canned a jumper to make it 42-40 at the 18:14 mark. Bellarmine responded with a 16-0 run in the next 3:48 to blow the game open. The Knights' biggest lead of 29 points came at the 10:43 mark when Rusty Troutman nailed a triple to stake Bellarmine to a 72-43 advantage.
Bellarmine's Keisten Jones led all scorers with 20 points on 6 of 8 shooting, and Jake Thelen turned in another solid effort with 18 points, going 5 of 6 from the field and 8 of 9 from the line. Troutman came off the bench to pour in 15 points and pull down six rebounds