Knights come up short, 79-76

BU’s season ended on a 3-pointer by Florida Southern with seconds to go. The Knights are 31-4 and national semifinalists.

Pep band and student section bringing energy to the Ford Center.

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Couldn’t be prouder about the great season and our mighty Knights Nation fans.

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Halftime – BU 36, Florida Southern 40

After trailing badly in the first half, the Knights ended the first half in contention, down only 40-36 to Florida Southern. Our favorite first half (and pregame) shots follow. Mayor Greg Fischer is here! The final photo is Josh Derksen hitting the three-pointer that started the Knights’ comeback.

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NCAA video highlights from Bellarmine, Florida Southern semifinals

Get ready for tonight’s action by watching the NCAA’s highlights from last night’s wins by Bellarmine and Florida Southern, including a dunk by Josh Derksen.

The NCAA’s commentator called BU’s win over Minnesota State-Moorhead “an offensive efficiency clinic by the Knights, shooting at 70 percent for much of the game, with crisp passing [and] shots falling from all over the court.”

ncaa-quarterfinalWatch the clip on the NCAA website.

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Three photos we think you’ll love

Here are handful of photos from the past 24 hours that we think you’ll enjoy.

Burdette Park in Evansville.

Burdette Park in Evansville.

This sign greets visitors to the Evansville area’s Burdette Park. The park’s director, Bellarmine graduate Jacob Murphy, tells us that his staff surprised him with the message this morning.

Knight Drive in Evansville.

Knight Drive in Evansville.

Our favorite street sign in Evansville. It’s actually within Evansville’s Knight Township. We hoped they had a grand welcome sign, but they didn’t, so we happily settled for this. We also looked for the Knight Township Fire Department, but it apparently went out of business, an omen that we don’t care to acknowledge.

Boarding the fan buses.

Some of our favorite fans arrive on the fan buses.

When nine buses rolled up to Evansville’s Ford Center last night in an impressive display of family strength, the many occupants included Bob Pfaadt;  Sr. Pat Lowman, OSU; and Sr. Colette Kraemer, OSU.

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Mayor Fischer hails Knights as ‘hometown heroes’

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer sends his best wishes as the Bellarmine Knights prepare to take on Florida Southern in the NCAA Division II men’s basketball national semifinal tonight.

Mayor Fischer (right) with the Knights in Massachusetts the day they won the 2011 national championship.

Mayor Fischer (right) with the Knights in Massachusetts the day they won the 2011 national championship.

We love our hometown heroes! From Coach Davenport to the nearly all Kentucky-Southern Indiana squad, this truly hometown team has fought hard to earn a place in this year’s NCAA Division II Final Four.

Students, alumni and Louisvillians will be cheering on the Knights in tonight’s game vs. Florida Southern. Let’s keep the winning streak going… on, on Knights!

Mayor Greg Fisher

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Metro Council president David Tandy says “Go Knights!”

David Tandy, the president of Louisville’s Metro Council, is a fan of the Bellarmine Knights. He passes along these words of encouragement on behalf of the 26-member council:

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David Tandy

“Coach Davenport and the entire team should know all of Metro Louisville is pulling for them in what has turned out to be yet another successful year and a thrilling post season.

On behalf of the Metro Council, all of our members join the rallying cry of ‘GO KNIGHTS!'”

President David W. Tandy
Louisville Metro Council

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On to the semifinals: Thursday morning news roundup

Here are headlines from last night’s 92-75 win over Missouri State-Moorhead in the Elite Eight’s opening round.

passthru_imagecredit_BUvsMUSMWEBAll ‘four’ one: Knights headed to Final Four after slaying Dragons (BU Athletics)
The flood of Bellarmine University men’s basketball faithful turned the Ford Center into a literal Knights Nation.

Bellarmine tops MSUM to reach D-II Final Four (Courier-Journal)
The third-ranked Bellarmine University basketball team came out sizzling, stayed hot and smothered No. 4 Minnesota State-Moorhead 92-75 Wednesday night in the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals at the Ford Center.

Bellarmine squelches Dragons’ firepower; advance to Final Four (Louisville Catholic Sports)
With more than 1,200 fans clad in scarlet shirts with “Family” printed across the front, the Ford Center resembled Knights Hall Wednesday night for the last quarterfinal matchup of the NCAA Division II Elite Eight tournament.

Basketball business is big business (WEHT-TV – Evansville)
Just two hours from Evansville is Louisville, home of Bellarmine University. Thousands of scarlet diehards are invading Evansville.

One Down, Two to Go: FSC advances to semifinals with 81-70 win (The Ledger – Lakeland, Florida)
Kevin Capers put on quite a show at Evansville’s Ford Center Wednesday night.

No. 3 Bellarmine ends No. 4 Dragons season at the Division II Elite Eight (The Forum – Fargo-Moorhead)
Minnesota State Moorhead had its national title hopes scorched Wednesday night at the Ford Center.

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