CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have given rookie coach John Beilein some first-year projects.
Looking to accelerate their roster rebuild following a dismal 19-win season, which was followed...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Powered by Ja Morant's no-look passes and Dylan Windler's step-back 3s, March Madness has been a bonanza for the Ohio Valley Conference.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Powered by Ja Morant's no-look passes and Dylan Windler's step-back 3s, March Madness has been a bonanza for the Ohio Valley Conference.
Murray State faces Belmont in OVC finals
Murray State (26-4, 17-2) vs. Belmont (26-4, 17-2)
Ohio Valley Conference Tourney Championship, Ford Center, Evansville, Indiana; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Dylan Windler had 32 points and 21 rebounds as Belmont beat Austin Peay 83-67 in the Ohio Valley Conference Tourney semifinals on Friday night.
Austin Peay, Belmont meet in OVC semis
Austin Peay (22-10, 14-5) vs. No. 1 seed Belmont (25-4, 16-2)
Ohio Valley Conference Tourney Semifinals, Ford Center, Evansville, Indiana; Friday, 8 p.m. EST
Belmont gets share of OVC title, beats SEMO 84-66
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Kevin McClain scored 27 points and Dylan Windler scored 22 with 11 rebounds and Belmont beat Southeast Missouri State 84-66 on Saturday to finish the Ohio Valley...
Belmont looks to extend streak vs Southeast Mo.
Belmont (24-4, 15-2) vs. Southeast Missouri (10-20, 5-12)
Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Belmont looks for its 13th straight conference win...
MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler had 32 points and 12 rebounds as Belmont extended its winning streak to 12 games, romping past UT Martin 112-67 on Thursday night.
Belmont looks to extend streak vs UTM
Belmont (23-4, 14-2) vs. UT Martin (10-17, 5-11)
Skyhawk Arena, Martin, Tennessee; Thursday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Belmont looks for its 12th straight conference win against UT...
Muszynski leads balanced Belmont to 11th straight win, 97-75
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nick Muszynski scored 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting, leading six players into double-digit scoring as Belmont walloped SIU-Edwardsville 97-75 Saturday night for its 11th...
Belmont looks to extend streak vs SIUE
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (9-18, 5-10) vs. Belmont (22-4, 13-2)
Curb Event Center, Nashville, Tennessee; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Belmont looks for its 11th straight...
Rick Byrd wins 800th career game; Belmont beats E. Illinois
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rick Byrd won his 800th career game as Belmont rolled past Eastern Illinois 99-58 on Thursday night.
Byrd joined Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, North...
Windler carries Belmont past Tennessee Tech 93-65
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler had 21 points as Belmont extended its winning streak to nine games, romping past Tennessee Tech 93-65 on Saturday night.
Kevin McClain had 16 points for Belmont (21-4, 12-2 Ohio Valley Conference). Nick Hopkins added 11 points. Seth Adelsperger had 10 points for the visitors.
Windler scores 31 to lead Belmont past Tennessee St. 77-66
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler had 31 points and 13 rebounds as Belmont stretched its winning streak to eight games, beating Tennessee State 77-66 on Thursday night.
Windler shot 11 for 14 from the field.
Grayson Murphy had 15 points and seven rebounds for Belmont (20-4, 11-2 Ohio Valley Conference). Kevin McClain added 11 points.
Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers (8-17, 5-8). Michael Littlejohn added 16 points. Emmanuel Egbuta had 10 points.
Windler scores 41 to lead Belmont over Morehead St. 96-86
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Dylan Windler had a career-high 41 points plus 12 rebounds as Belmont won its seventh consecutive game, getting past Morehead State 96-86 on Saturday.
Windler made 9 of 11 foul shots.
Nick Muszynski had 13 points, four assists and three blocks for Belmont (19-4, 10-2 Ohio Valley Conference). Grayson Murphy added 13 points. Kevin McClain had 13 points for the visiting team.
McClain, Windler power Belmont past Eastern Kentucky
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Kevin McClain had 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, Dylan Windler also had a double-double, and Belmont defeated Eastern Kentucky 83-65 on Thursday night.
Windler, who averages a double-double (19.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg), had 20 points and 14 rebounds to go with five assists. Belmont (18-4, 9-2 Ohio Valley) won its sixth in a row overall and seventh straight in the series.
Belmont rolls past UTM, into first-place OVC tie
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin McClain and Dylan Windler each scored 23 points and Belmont defeated UT Martin 82-67 on Saturday night.
The Bruins (17-4, 8-2) won their fifth straight and are in a first-place tie in the Ohio Valley Conference after Austin Peay (8-2) beat Jacksonville State (8-2) earlier Saturday.
McClain scores 31 to lift Belmont over SE Missouri 97-71
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin McClain had a career-high 31 points as Belmont easily defeated Southeast Missouri 97-71 for its fourth straight win on Thursday night.
Nick Muszynski added a career-high 27 points and Dylan Windler had 23 points and 16 rebounds for the Bruins (16-4, 7-2 Ohio Valley Conference). McClain made 14 of 16 free throws.
Ledarrius Brewer had 22 points for the Redhawks (7-15, 2-7). Alex Caldwell added 16 points.
Windler scores 33, Belmont rallies to beat Austin Peay 96-92
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler scored 22 of his 33 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds on Saturday as Belmont rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Austin Peay 96-92.
Starting with a layup at the 11:41 mark, Windler scored 20 straight Belmont points — the final seven points opening a 14-0 run in which the Bruins (15-4, 6-2 Ohio Valley Conference) took an 83-79 lead and never trailed again.
Windler leads Belmont over Nashville rival Tennessee State
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler scored 25 points with a career-tying seven 3-pointers and Belmont defeated Tennessee Tech 92-74 on Saturday night.
The game between the crosstown rivals matched TSU first-year coach Brian "Penny" Collins against his former head coach, Rick Byrd, for the first time. Collins was a point guard at Belmont from 2002-06, helping lead the Bruins to their first NCAA appearance in his senior year.
McClain leads Belmont past Eastern Kentucky 109-93
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin McClain scored a career-high 28 points and added six assists as Belmont defeated Eastern Kentucky 109-93 on Saturday.
The 109 points were a school record for a regulation game in the program's NCAA Division I era. The Bruins' 64 first-half points tied their best effort in a half at the Curb Event Center.
Hollander nets 22, Belmont beats Morehead St 77-60
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Caleb Hollander had a career-high 22 points as Belmont beat Morehead State 77-60 on Thursday night.
Nick Muszynski added 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Bruins (11-3, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference), who led 40-26 at the half. Dylan Windler had 12 points for Belmont (11-3, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference).
Lamontray Harris had 13 points for the Eagles (4-12, 0-3), who have lost four games in a row.
Windler scores 23 as Belmont defeats Tennessee Tech 79-67
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler scored 23 points, pulled down nine rebounds and Belmont defeated Tennessee Tech 79-67 Saturday.
Windler scored on a putback to give Belmont a double-digit lead four minutes into the second half and a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 16 points, 61-45, with 11 minutes left.
Seth Adelsperger and Nick Muszynski each scored 12 for Belmont (10-3, 1-1 Ohio Valley Conference), which shot 52 percent in the second half to pull away.
Mostella, Burnell help Jacksonville State win OVC opener
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Detrick Mostella and Jason Burnell scored 19 points each and Jacksonville State held off Belmont 83-73 Thursday night to open Ohio Valley Conference play.
Jacksonville State (9-5) led for all but a minute in the early going and held off Belmont (9-3) which made it a one possession game eight times after halftime, the last when Kevin McClain sank three free throws to make the score 68-65 with under two minutes to play.
Windler, Murphy each score 20; Belmont beats WKU 80-74
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler had his fifth double-double of the season and freshman Grayson Murphy scored 20 points as Belmont nearly blew a 19-point second-half lead before holding on for an 80-74 win over Western Kentucky on Wednesday night.
Belmont edges Lipscomb 76-74 on Hollander’s late jumper
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Caleb Hollander made a 15-foot jumper with four seconds left to give Belmont a 76-74 victory over Lipscomb on Tuesday night.
Following Hollander's shot, Lipscomb drove the length of the floor and got to the basket, but Belmont deflected the ball out of bounds with 0.8 seconds remaining. After a timeout from both sides, Nathan Moran's 3-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer.
Belmont uses 30-3 run to seal Trevecca Nazarene’s fate
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nick Hopkins and Nick Muszynski each scored 16 points and Belmont earned a 104-50 win against Trevecca Nazarene on Tuesday night.
Belmont closed the first half on a 30-3 run and led 53-20 at halftime. The Bruins held the Trojans without a field goal for a 10-minute stretch from the end of the first half into the second half.
Windler, Belmont rally to beat Middle Tennessee 92-73
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler had 34 points and 11 rebounds to help Belmont overcome a 10-point deficit and beat Middle Tennessee 92-73 on Monday night.
Freshman Nick Muszynski scored 18 and Grayson Murphy — a redshirt freshman — added 15 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and five steals for Belmont (2-0). Windler and Muszynski combined for 35 of Belmont's 65 shot attempts.
Belmont wins season opener, beats Illinois State 100-89
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Caleb Hollander scored 21 points, Dylan Windler added 20 and Belmont rolled in its season opener with a 100-89 victory over Illinois State on Saturday night.
Hollander, a 6-8 freshman forward from Nashville, was 8 of 15 from the floor with four 3-pointers. Windler, the preseason Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, was 7-of-13 shooting. Nick Muszynski added 18 points and Kevin McClain 14 for Belmont. Grayson Murphy had 13 points and 10 assists.
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.
Jacksonville St. upsets Belmont, 78-67; tied for 4th in OVC
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Marlon Hunter turned a 3-point play and Malcolm Drumwright drilled a trey and Jacksonville State posted a 78-67 upset of Belmont in an Ohio Valley Conference thriller Thursday night.
With the loss the Bruins trail conference leader Murray State by two games and have a one-game lead over third-place Austin Peay. Jacksonville State is now tied with Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech for fourth place.
Windler’s record-setting day helps Belmont beat Morehead St.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler had career highs of 36 points and 20 rebounds — the first 30-20 game in Belmont history — to help the Bruins beat Morehead State 108-65 on 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.
Spencer scores winner as Tennessee St. bumps off Belmont
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delano Spencer scored the go-ahead basket and Tennessee State made seven of eight free throws over the final two minutes for a closing 9-0 run to knock off Ohio Valley Conference leader Belmont 64-56 Thursday night.
The win was the fifth in a row for Tennessee State (13-11, 8-5), which has climbed into a tie for third place. Belmont (19-7, 11-2), which had won its previous eight, finds itself in a tie for first with Murray State.
McClain, Windler help Belmont run streak to 8 83-73
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Kevin McClain scored 25 points, Dylan Windler had a double-double and Belmont defeated Morehead State 83-73 on Saturday for its eighth straight victory.
Windler had 13 points and 14 rebounds, which matched his career high, for the Bruins (19-6, 11-1 Ohio Valley Conference). Tyler Hadden added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and Mack Mercer and Nick Hopkins added 12 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.