By BLAKE TOPPMEYER
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
The Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball team had a streak that started in the 1980s come to an end Saturday.
No. 6 Bellarmine defeated the No. 18-ranked Panthers 86-69 at Knights Hall in Louisville, Ky. KWC, the Great Lakes Valley Conference's second-best 3-point shooting team, was 0 of 11 from 3-point range.
So when was the last time the Panthers put up a goose egg from 3-point range? Well, never.
KWC had made at least one 3-pointer in the 691 games it had played since the inception of the 3-point shot in the 1986-87 season.
Meanwhile, Bellarmine was 9 of 21 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range. Vance Hall led the charge, making three treys en route to a game-high 22 points.
"We obviously shot the ball within the 3-point line," KWC coach Todd Lee told the Owensboro (Ky.) Messenger-Inquirer, referencing his team's 60 percent shooting clip on two-point attempts. "We got the ball inside how we like. But you've got to make jump shots when you're open. If you're not making jump shots and they are, it's going to be a long night."
It's been a long couple of weeks for the Panthers, who have lost four of their last five games after starting the season 14-0.
UMSL receives donation: The Missouri-St. Louis men's basketball program received a significant boost last week.
The UMSL athletics department received its largest gift ever when Lyle and Charlene Brizendin contributed $50,000 to be directed toward the men's basketball program. Lyle Brizendin is a big fan of the UMSL men's basketball program. He was hired at UMSL in April 2012 as a senior development officer for major gifts after previously working 35 years in banking.
Outside of creating a permanent endowment for the men's hoops program, the Brizendins did not give specific instructions on how the money should be used, instead leaving that up to UMSL men's basketball coach Steve Tappmeyer and athletic director Lori Flanagan.
"When you look at the goals we have for this program, this donation will play a big part in helping to take us to that next level," Tappmeyer said in a press release.
Big crowd watches Panthers roll: An arena-record crowd of 2,907 saw quite a performance Saturday at the O'Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, Mo.
The Drury men's basketball team was tied at 12 with Rockhurst after RU's Logan Souder made a jumper with 10 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the first half. From there, the Panthers closed on an 82-27 run for a 94-39 victory. It was the seventh consecutive win for West Division-leading Drury.
Drury's 55-point margin of victory marked the worst loss for Rockhurst in the 105-year history of the series between the teams.
"Playing in front of this crowd tonight was crazy," Drury senior guard Alex Hall, who had a team-high 15 points, told the Springfield News-Leader. "Our goal was to show the crowd that their support really means a lot to us and we want to get them to come out and watch us again."
The O'Reilly Center opened in October 2010. The previous record crowd at that venue was 2,803.
QU players receive honor: A pair of Quincy University basketball players earned recognition Friday for their achievements in the classroom.
Senior forward Tyler Thompson of the QU men's team and junior guard Lucy Cramsey of the women's team were named to the Capital One Acadamic All-District IV team.
Thompson was the GLVC's only selection, while Indianapolis' Katy McIntosh joined Cramsey in earning selection.
Members of the College Sports Information Directors of America nominate and vote on student-athletes who qualify for the honor. Nominees must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or higher, must have expired at least one year of eligibility and must have made a significant contribution to his or her team's success.
Thompson is a graduate student at QU, pursuing his Master's of Business Administration. He has a 3.52 GPA. Cramsey carries a 3.82 GPA and is majoring in Elementary Education and Theology and Philosophy.
Thompson ranks second on his team in scoring (13.3 points per game) and rebounding (4.7 per game). Cramsey averages team highs of 12.2 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Weekly honors: Southern Indiana senior center Keith DeWitt was named the GLVC Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday. In a pair of wins last week, the transfer from Division I Southern Mississippi averaged 19 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and three blocks per game. He made 71.4 percent of his field-goal attempts.
Lewis sophomore forward Jess Reinhart was named the Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Reinhart averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in a pair of Flyers wins last week. She made 53.6 percent of her field-goal attempts. Reinhart, a Bloomington Central Catholic product, previously won the GLVC's weekly honor in November.