Despite shooting a season-low 34 percent, Bellevue escaped with a 58-48 victory over Daemen (NY) in the first round of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament Thursday morning at Point Lookout, Missouri.
The Bruins (28-5) advance to the second round at noon Friday to face the University of Saint Francis (Ind.), which beat Jamestown (ND) 64-63.
Jelani Johnson led the Bruins with 16 points and eight rebounds. Ousseynou Diop finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. James Parrott had 10 points with seven rebounds and two steals.
Bellevue held the Wildcats (20-11) to 32.8 percenting shooting while forcing 18 turnovers.
The Bruins trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, shooting just 26.7 percent from the field while Daemen grabbed a 29-23 halftime lead. The Bruins used a 9-0 run to take a 32-31 lead with 15:25 remaining in the game.
Daemen responded with five-straight points to surge ahead 36-32 at the 13-minute mark. A Parrott free throw capped an 11-2 BU run to give Bellevue a 43-38 lead at the seven-minute mark.
Bellevue held the Wildcats without a field goal for over nine minutes, taking a 48-39 lead with two minutes left in the game.
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