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Bellarmine turns back No. 18 Christian Brothers on the road, 74-69

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WDRB) — The Bellarmine University basketball team did some resume building on Tuesday night, knocking off its second-straight nationally ranked opponent, this time on the road with a 74-69 win over Christian Brothers.

That's the same Christian Brothers team that surprised Memphis with an upset in the FedEx Forum in the preseason. And though No. 5-ranked Bellarmine opened cold — not scoring its first basket until three minutes into the game — it shot 66 percent in the second behind this very Bellarmine-like statistic: Nine players saw action in the game, nine players had a least one assist, and seven of them had multiple assists.

“My hat's off to our players tonight," Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport said. "That second half of basketball was great on both ends. Our goal defensively was to keep them under 40 percent shooting, and they shoot 39.5 after shooting 48 percent in the first half. Then we had 16 made baskets on 14 assists and shoot 66 percent (in the second half). They were yelling in (the locker room), 'That's Bellarmine basketball.' It's much better for it to come from them than from me.”

Bellarmine led by as many as nine points in the first half, but Christian Brothers fought back to take an early lead in the second behind the play of senior Trey Casey, who finished with 29 points.

An 11-1 run capped by a Rusty Troutman three-pointer with 7:44 left put the Knights up 10, and they were able to hold on the rest of the way, shooting 51.9 percent for the game and dishing out 21 assists. The Knights also outrebounded the Bucs 37-27, and went 8-17 from three-point range (47.1 percent) led by Troutman, who was 3-for-6.

Jake Thelen posted a double-double, with 16 points (on 8-9 shooting) and 10 rebounds, with four assists. Troutman had 15 points and nine rebounds, while Josh Derksen added 13 points and George Suggs 11.

“We just absolutely opened our chests up and poured our hearts out on this court tonight," Davenport said. "I'm incredibly proud of these young men."

The Knights next travel to Evansville to face Cedarville on Friday in the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic at the University of Southern Indiana. They next day, they'll play Indiana University East, their fourth game in six days.

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