ST. CHARLES, Mo.-Just 11:12 into the game, the No. 3 Bellarmine Knights found themselves down 15 points to the homestanding Lindenwood Lions, but it was the Knights who roared the loudest with a big second half comeback to pull out an 81-73 win at Hyland Arena on Wednesday night. The host Lions couldn't have written a better opening script for themselves, drilling six of their first eight 3-pointers while watching Bellarmine shoot just 37.5 percent from the field and commit 10 turnovers. The result was a 29-14 advantage for Lindenwood with 8:48 remaining in the first half. The Knights managed to weather the 3-point barrage, and although Lindenwood made nine of 13 triples in the first half, Bellarmine whittled the lead to just eight at halftime, 42-34. After the break, the Knights' defense strung together five consecutive stops while the BU offense converted on five straight trips to give Bellarmine its first lead of the game at 44-42. The Lions responded with yet another trey to regain the lead, but the Knights soon took the lead for good on a bucket at the 9:16 mark. Bellarmine held off the Lions by sinking all 21 of its free throws on the night, and sophomore turned in his best performance as a Knight with a career-high 27 points while adding seven rebounds (also a career-high). The 21-for-21 performance from the charity stripe sets a new team record for most free throws without a miss. (Sixteen was the previous record set in 2017 and tied last season.) 'How you get outscored by 27 points from the three-point line on the road and win by eight…I don't know how you do that,' said Bellarmine Coach . 'They (Bellarmine's players) played with incredible poise. I'm really, really proud of them.' In addition to Penn's incredible night, seniors Weyer and continued their outstanding play this season. Weyer finished with 20 points and tied Penn with a game-high seven rebounds while Cook added 15 points and five boards. Despite the poor performance early in the game, Davenport said he knew his team could make a turnaround based on practices earlier this week. 'I told the team at halftime, 'you showed me you can do this because on Monday you didn't have good practice and you had a tremendous one on Tuesday. Now you didn't have a good first half, so do just like you did in practice on Tuesday.'' His team responded, shooting 62.5 percent in the second 20 minutes and committing just four turnovers. Defensively, the Knights held Lindenwood to just 42.3 percent shooting in the second half, including just four of 13 from long distance. Bellarmine improves to 4-0 on the season while the Lions suffer their first loss and slip to 3-1. The Knights return to action Wednesday in a 3 p.m. game against Spring Hill.
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