Ky. - One glance at the halftime statistics told Northern Kentucky
University head coach Dave Bezold his team was in trouble Tuesday
night against Bellarmine.
shooting 57 percent from the field, and yet we were tied at the
half," Bezold said. "Bellarmine only shot 38 percent in
the first half and still played even with us. I knew that wasn't
a good sign."
In the second
half, Bellarmine connected on 63.3 percent from the field and cruised
to a 78-66 win over NKU in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener
for both teams. The Knights used a 24-7 run in the second half to
erase a 44-43 deficit and sent the Norse (2-1) to their first loss
of the season.
NKU jumped out
to a 12-5 lead early in the game behind the scoring of James Cripe
and Harrison Morton. Bellarmine, however, battled back and forged
a 32-all tie at the break.
took over in the second half and scored 12 of his 17 points to lead
Bellarmine. Clifford also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and hit
a trio of 3-point shots.
La Salle University
transfer Dzaflo Larkai added 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting from
the field for Bellarmine, which finished with a 40-26 rebounding
advantage. Matt Otte scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds for
Bellarmine, which defeated NKU for the third straight season in
Cripe led NKU
with 17 points, while Morton scored 14 and grabbed six rebounds.
Vincent Humphrey and Anthony Teague each scored 10 points for the
Norse, who were 20-for-33 from the free-throw line.
miss 13 free throws on the road and expect to beat a good team like
Bellarmine," Bezold said.
to action Saturday at 7 p.m. with a non-conference game against
Thomas More in Regents Hall.