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.
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 rallies past Murray State, 79-72, claims 1st in OVC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Luke and Dylan Windler each scored 21 points and Belmont used 14 3s to pull away from Murray State in the second half of their Ohio Valley Conference battle Thursday night to claim sole possession of first place.
The Bruins, Racers and Austin Peay were all tied at 5-1 atop the conference going into Thursday's action. The Governors lost to Tennessee State.
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.
Jacksonville State holds off Belmont 64-60
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Malcolm Drumwright scored 11, Jason Burnell added nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Jacksonville State beat Belmont 64-60 on Saturday night.
The Gamecocks (12-5, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference) outscored the Bruins 24-3 over an 8 ½-minute stretch that ended at 52-35 on Cam Martin's 3-point play with 8:52 left.
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.
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.
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.
Nowell pops for 32 as Washington beats Belmont 86-82
SEATTLE (AP) — Jaylen Nowell was the one high school star that remained committed to Washington when a coaching change was made and Mike Hopkins was hired.
Seemed appropriate it was Nowell delivering Hopkins his first win as the Huskies head coach.
Nowell scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half and Washington rallied from nine points down in the final five minutes to beat Belmont 86-82 on Friday night in Hopkins debut.