LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bellarmine used a brilliant first-half performance to put away Ohio Valley and win its home opener in comfortable fashion, 75-45 Wednesday night at Knights Hall. The Knights led 42-15 at halftime against the Fighting Scots.
All 11 Knights who played scored, led by Sophomore Adam Eberhard with 13. Also in double figures were Al Davis with 12 and Tyler Jenkins and Brent Bach added 11 apiece. Jerek Coles and Willie Shurfranz each had 8 points off the bench.
The Knights held the visitors to just 30 percent shooting and forced 27 turnovers. But Scott Davenport said his team has to take better care of the basketball.
"The numbers don't lie," said Davenport. "In the first half, we were exceptional. We gave up 20.7 (percent) from the field, but in the second half we gave up 40.7 (percent). In the first half, they shot 28.6 (percent) from the three, and in the second half 45.5 (percent). That's because of the way we played defensively. Deflections were down, but my biggest concern is turnovers.
"We make turnovers that good teams don't make," Davenport said. "We have to clean those up because I know we are a good basketball team. You can't turn it over when you are one of the best shooting teams in the country."
Bellarmine improves to 4-1 on the season and opens Great Lakes Valley Conference play at Illinois Springfield December 1
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