In case you didn’t know, Kentucky Wesleyan beat Bellarmine 67-62 at the Sportscenter on Saturday night. KWC trailed by six points at halftime, then outscored the No. 15 Knights by 11 in the second half — and the Panthers did that despite shooting worse (46.2 percent) in the final 20 minutes than they did (51.9 percent) in the first 20 minutes. The difference in the game? Free throws. KWC finished 13-for-20 at the foul line while Bellarmine was just 8-for-9 — some might credit that old Sportscenter magic for such an outcome. Bet Knights coach Scotty Davenport was none too happy about that and probably let a few people know how he felt, although there were no technical fouls whistled.
Not sure how this loss will affect Bellarmine in the Midwest Region rankings. Probably not at all since the game was close and the game was on the road. It should help KWC, which is in danger of not making the NCAA Tournament. It was ranked ninth in the region last week, and eight teams receive regional berths. Then again, winning at home, even against the No. 2-ranked team in the region, is pretty much expected when it comes to region rankings.
Next up for the Panthers, of course, is a road game and the regular-season finale at No. 16 USI on Thursday night. The Eagles again will have to face the dazzling off-the-bench play of Dazmond Starke, who went 11-for-16 from the field and scored 23 points in 28 minutes against the Knights. Recall that Starke scored 22 during USI’s 19-point win at the Sportscenter in January. Another player for USI to keep an eye on: Rico Ferguson. He totaled 18 points, going 8-for-10 from the field, against Bellarmine.