The season ended for Bellarmine Tuesday with an NCAA Tournament loss at Drury.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One of the goals of the Bellarmine University basketball team this season was playing in Freedom Hall in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II Tournament. They were on the brink of checking that item on their list Tuesday night.
The Drury Panthers didn't let it happen. In front of a sellout home crowd of 2,676 at the O'Reilly Family Events Center in Springfield, Mo., Drury defeated the Knights, 67-61.
Bellarmine had rallied from a 46-37 deficit with 10:45 to play by scoring 13 consecutive points to take a four-point lead with 6:47 to go.
But Drury scored six quick points to regain the lead, and coach Scott Davenport's team never led again in the rousing atmosphere in Drury's home gymnasium. Drury will visit Louisville to play in Freedom Hall on March 28 in the Elite Eight.
Bellarmine, which was ranked 14th, finished the season with 24-8 record. The Knights were led by Chris Dowe, who scored 20 points. Dowe, a Louisville native, was named to the all-regional team in his final game with the Knights.
Bellarmine was hurt by 19 turnovers and by getting outrebounded, 36-27.
"This was a great college basketball game, and we played as hard as we could tonight," Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport told Patrick Crush of the school's sports information department. "The difference in tonight's game was our 19 turnovers led to (Drury) getting 12 more shots than us."