No. 12 Knights too much for RedStorm

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Christian Stewart scored 10 of his 15 points after halftime as 12th-ranked Marian University pulled away in the second half for a 78-56 win over the University of Rio Grande, Tuesday night, in non-conference men’s basketball action at Marian Arena.

The Knights improved to 3-0 with the victory.

Rio Grande dropped to 1-2 with the loss.

The RedStorm trailed just 34-30 at halftime, but came undone over the final 20 minutes.

Rio shot just 35.7 percent overall (10-for-28) after intermission, including a 1-for-11 performance from beyond the three-point arc.

Marian went 16-for-28 from the floor (57.1%) in the second half, including 4-for-8 from three-point range, while also enjoying a 22-10 edge in rebounding after the break.

Still, the RedStorm found themselves knotted in a 36-all deadlock after a pair of free throws by freshman Andrew Shull (Milton, WV) with 17:27 remaining in the contest.

But the Knights responded with a 16-4 run over the next 4-1/2 minutes to take control once and for all, leading by no less than nine points the rest of the way. Stewart had a pair of three-point goals during the game-changing spurt.

Marian’s largest lead of 25 points, 74-49, came after a layup by Gavin Bizeau with 3:14 left to play.

The Knights, who finished with a dominating 43-21 edge in rebounding for the game, were led by Luke Gohmann with 16 points.

Luke Heady had a game-high eight rebounds and three assists in the winning effort, while Christian Harvey also had three assists.

Shull led a quartet of double-digit scorers for Rio Grande with a game-high 17 points, while sophomore Shiloah Blevins (South Webster, OH) had 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds.

Junior Cam Harris (Amelia, VA) finished with 11 points and a team-high three assists in a losing cause, while sophomore Miki Tadic (Hilversum, The Netherlands) had 10 points.

Rio finished 22-of-54 overall (40.7%), but was just 4-for-20 from three-point range (20.0%).

Rio Grande returns to action on Friday night when it entertains Campbellsville University-Harrodsburg in the opening round of the Bevo Francis Classic.

Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.