EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Amanze Egekeze hit a career-high nine 3-pointers and tied a career high with 32 points to help No. 2 seed Belmont beat No. 3 seed Austin Peay 94-79 in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament on Friday night.
Belmont (24-8) will face top-seeded Murray State in the championship on Saturday.
Egekeze made his first nine attempts from the field, all from 3-point range, with eight of them coming after halftime. He had 29 points in the second half.
Belmont makes program-record 20 3-pointers in 84-59 win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler made six of Belmont's program-record 20 3-pointers in scoring 21 points with 14 rebounds as the Bruins beat Tennessee State 84-59 on Saturday in a regular-season finale.
The 20 3-pointers surpassed the previous Belmont high of 19 reached on Jan. 10, 2000 and Dec. 2, 2004.
The win left Belmont (23-6, 15-3) a half-game back of Ohio Valley Conference leader Murray State (15-2), which played at third-place Austin Peay (12-5) later Saturday night.
Belmont beats Eastern Kentucky 84-73, remains tied for first
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amanze Egekeze scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds, Austin Luke also scored 19 and Belmont defeated Eastern Kentucky 84-73 on Thursday night to remain in a first-place tie with Murrray State in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Kevin McClain added 15 points and Dylan Windler 13 for Belmont (21-7, 13-2), which shot 59 percent and made 14 of 31 from the arc. Luke sank three consecutive 3-pointers late, the final one making it 77-64 with 3:49 left.
Egekeze lifts Belmont to 75-70 win over Tennessee Tech
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amanze Egekeze poured in 28 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 60 seconds left in the game, to propel Belmont to a 75-70 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday night.
Egekeze hit all 13 of his free-throw attempts and added 10 rebounds to notch his second double-double of the season for the Bruins (20-7, 12-2 Ohio Valley Conference). Kevin McClain scored 15 and Dylan Windler finished with 14 points and 11 boards for his 12th double-double of the campaign.
Belmont hits 13 3-pointers, routs Eastern Kentucky 98-63
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Amanze Egekeze scored 30 points and Belmont shot 62 percent from the field to rout Eastern Kentucky 98-63 on Thursday night for its seventh straight win.
Belmont (18-6, 10-1) maintains its one-game lead atop the Ohio Valley Conference standings over Murray State, which beat Southeast Missouri State 87-75. Eastern Kentucky (8-16, 2-9) has lost five in a row.
Luke scores 25, McClain 21 in Belmont’s 83-72 victory
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Luke made four 3-pointers and scored 25 points and Kevin McClain added 21 in leading Belmont to an 83-72 victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Saturday to remain atop the Ohio Valley Conference.
Windler, Hadden lead Belmont over E. Illinois 81-59
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler scored 19 of his 28 points in the first half, Tyler Hadden added a career-high 17 points, and Belmont never trailed in beating Eastern Illinois 81-59 on Thursday night to win its fifth straight.
Amanze Egekeze scored 13 points and Austin Luke had seven assists for the Bruins (16-6, 8-1 Ohio Valley Conference), who scored 25 points off of 17 Panthers turnovers and shot 50 percent from the field.
Belmont beats Austin Peay 83-59 on Windler’s career night
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler set career highs with 31 points and seven 3-pointers, and Belmont ran away in the second half to beat Austin Peay 83-59 on Saturday for its 10th win in 11 games.
Kevin McClain and Nick Hopkins scored 12 points apiece and Amanze Egekeze added 11 for the Bruins (15-6, 7-1 Ohio Valley Conference), who shot 14 of 28 from 3 (50 percent) and 31 of 55 overall (56.4 percent). Windler grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists.
Belmont tops Eastern Illinois 75-66 behind Windler’s 25
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Dylan Windler scored a career-high 25 points with five 3-pointers, Kevin McClain added 20 points, and Belmont pulled ahead early to beat Eastern Illinois 75-66 on Saturday to win eight of its last nine games.
Amanze Egekeze scored 11 points with three 3s and Austin Luke added nine points with 12 assists for the Bruins (13-6, 5-1 Ohio Valley Conference), who hit 13 3-pointers and shot 51 percent from the floor.
Egekeze scores 29 points in Belmont’s 76-61 victory
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Amanze Egekeze scored 29 points with seven rebounds and Belmont rode a big first half to a 76-61 victory over SIU Edwardsville on Thursday night.
Egekeze scored 15 points in the first half including the final seven in a 12-0 run that put the Bruins up by 18 before the Cougars cut it to 12, 41-29, by the break.
The lead remained in double figures the rest of the way with Dylan Windler scoring eight points in a 10-3 run for a 17-point lead with 13 minutes remaining.
Windler leads Belmont to 80-67 win over Tennessee Tech
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler tied his season high with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead four Belmont players in double figures and the Bruins breezed to an 80-67 victory over Tennessee Tech on Thursday night for their sixth straight win.
Kevin McClain scored 17 points, Amanze Egekeze scored 14 with seven rebounds and Austin Luke added 11 points and nine assists for Belmont (11-5, 3-0 Ohio Valley Conference), which beat Tennessee Tech for the eighth time in the last 11 matchups.
Egekeze has perfect night, Belmont wins OVC opener
CAPE BIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Amanze Egekeze had a perfect night shooting to total 21 points as Belmont scored 47 points in each half to roll over Southeast Missouri State 94-72 in the Ohio Valley Conference opener on Thursday night.
Belmont hits from distance, beats Pepperdine 79-62
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amanze Egekeze had 21 points as Belmont got hot from beyond the arc to race past Pepperdine 79-62 on Saturday afternoon.
Egekeze drilled 5 of 9 from distance as the Bruins nailed 16 of 35 from long range, while Pepperdine could only get 2 of 15 to fall from beyond the arc.
The Bruins (7-5) hit 54 percent (30-56) from the floor. Pepperdine was 24-of-45 (53 percent) shooting, but could not hit the long shots. The Waves also made nine more free throws.
Egekeze scores 32, Belmont pulls away from Milwaukee 82-63
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amanze Egekeze hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 32 points, 19 in the second half, and Belmont pulled away for an 82-63 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Dylan Windler had 13 of his 17 points in the second half for the Bruins (6-5), who led 32-26 at the half. Windler and Egekeze both had 11 rebounds. Nick Hopkins hit four 3s for 12 points as Belmont went 14 of 33 behind the line.
Egekeze, Windler lead Belmont past Green Bay 86-75
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amanze Egekeze scored 21 points and Dylan Windler added 20 and led his team with 10 rebounds as Belmont snapped a three-game slide, beating Green Bay 86-75 on Saturday.
It was Windler's seventh double-double this season. He was 7 of 14 from the field including six 3-pointers for the Bruins (5-4). Mack Mercer scored 19 points off the bench and Kevin McClain had 11 points and five assists.
Luke propels Belmont to 90-77 win over Seattle U
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Luke sank 8 of 10 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 26 points to help lead Belmont to a 90-77 victory over Seattle University in the 2K Classic on Saturday.
Belmont puts up 43 from arc, edges Houston Baptist 93-88
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin McClain made six 3-pointers and scored 27 points and Belmont threw up a school-record 43 shots from the arc before getting past Houston Baptist 93-88 on Saturday.
Dylan Windler added 23 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for the Bruins, who took 43 of their 62 shots from distance, making 15 3-pointers.
Amanze Egekeze added 17 points and Caleb Hollander 11.
Windler leads Belmont in an upset of Vanderbilt, 69-60
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Belmont let a lead get away in a season-opening loss.
The Bruins didn't make the same mistake in their second game, a 69-60 upset of Vanderbilt on Monday night.
Belmont (1-1) took its first lead with 13:56 left in the first half and never trailed after that.