LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Bellarmine University men’s basketball team is set for a pair of road games this week as the Knights will head to Chattanooga for a 7 p.m. (ET) contest Tuesday before traveling to Bowling Green for a 7 p.m. outing Friday.
Bellarmine (0-2) opened the season on the road against a pair of Power-5 opponents in the Pac-12’s Washington and the Big 12’s Kansas State, falling 91-57 in the former when overall not much went right and a much-improved 83-75 in the latter behind a particularly strong second half.
A member of the Southern Conference, Chattanooga (2-0) is facing its second straight opponent from The Ville. The Mocs, who went 18-17 last season, are coming off an 81-71 victory at Louisville, marking the program’s first win over an ACC program since 1985 and their first-ever win over the league in the regular season.
Honor Huff was a big reason why. He poured in a career-high 25 points behind seven 3-pointers, including five in the first half. Myles Che notched 22 points and Sam Alexis supplied 16 points and 11 rebounds as Chattanooga led 33-27 at halftime and spiked the advantage to as many as 21 points in the second half.
A member of the Mid-American Conference, Bowling Green (2-0) will play Tuesday night at Oakland before welcoming Bellarmine. Opening the season with a pair of home games, the Falcons, who went 11-20 last season, defeated Chicago State 70-41 before an 81-75 victory over Arkansas State in the MAC-Sun Belt Challenge.
Marcus Hill, who last season was a junior college All-American, averaged 22.0 points over the first two games, including a 26-point outburst against Arkansas State. DaJion Humphrey, another juco transfer who was an all-conference performer last year, averaged 12.5 points over his first two contests, with 22 coming against Arkansas State.
Bellarmine is coming off an impressive showing offensively against Kansas State. The Knights shot 48.4 percent, ostensibly hitting at that rate in both halves, and outscored the Wildcats 44-37 in the second stanza.
Senior guard Bash Wieland has led Bellarmine in scoring both games and posted 17 points against Kansas State. Behind a big first half, junior forward Langdon Hatton registered 14 points versus the Wildcats, while sophomore guard Ben Johnson got hot in the second half and finished with 12 points.
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