NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball shot a Curb Event Center record 17-for-24 from three-point distance en route to a 103-82 victory over Jacksonville State Thursday night.
The Bruins entered play seventh in the nation in three-point field goals per game, but were surprisingly just 31 percent from behind the arc in conference play.
That changed in a major way as eight Belmont players would make three-pointers on the night.
Two early three-pointers from freshman Amanze Egekeze (Lake in the Hills, Ill.) and a layin from senior Reece Chamberlain (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) highlighted a 10-0 Belmont run as the Bruins led 12-4 four minutes in.
After two free throws from Jamal Hunter, Belmont continued the tremendous offensive flurry.
Three-pointers from freshman Burton Sampson (Knoxville, Tenn.), sophomore Nick Smith (Bentonville, Ark.), and sophomore Taylor Barnette (Lexington, Ky.) and a teardrop from Caleb Chowbay gave Belmont a 28-10 lead midway through the first half.
Belmont got an acrobatic 60-foot alley oop from Chamberlain to Bradshaw, but Jacksonville State climbed within 39-35 on a Dontay Jackson layin.
However, consecutive three-pointers from Bradshaw and Egekeze gave Belmont a 45-35 lead at halftime.
Belmont shot 46 percent (15-for-33) from the field in the opening 20 minutes - including 8-for-13 from three-point distance.
Egekeze led Belmont with 14 first half points.
Six quick points from sophomore Evan Bradds (Jamestown, Ohio) pushed the Belmont lead to 53-37 with 17:41 remaining.
Belmont continued the hot shooting in the second half, as Smith sparked a spurt of four straight three-pointers in a three-minute span. Another Bradshaw slam gave the Bruins a 67-43 lead with 13:12 left.
Tremendous bench contributions across the board enabled Belmont to stay fresh and focused the entire 40 minutes.
Belmont led by as many as 28.
A free throw from freshman Tyler Hadden (Cincinnati, Ohio) got Belmont to the century mark with 1:32 left.
All told, Belmont shot 53 percent (32-for-60) from the field - including the aforementioned 17-for-24 from three-point distance. Belmont outrebounded Jacksonville State, 43-28.
Bradds led five Bruins in double figures with 19 points and a Belmont Curb Event Center record-tying 18 rebounds. Egekeze had a career-high 16 points and six rebounds, while Bradshaw and Smith each added 15. Chamberlain had 11 points, eight assists and zero turnovers.
Avery Moore led Jacksonville State (9-14, 2-7 OVC) with 20 points.
Belmont (14-7, 6-2 OVC) returns to game action Saturday, Jan. 31 versus Tennessee Tech. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT from the Curb Event Center.
The game will be broadcast on OVC Digital Network. The live play-by-play of Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network and 104.5 The Zone. In-game updates will be available on Twitter @BelmontMBB.
NOTES: 17-for-24 (.708) from three-point distance breaks the previous Curb Event Center single-game record of .700 set against Maryville (Mo.) (11/13/12) ... 17 made three-point field goals ties the Curb Event Center record, set Feb. 15, 2007 vs. Gardner-Webb ... Bradds' 18 rebounds ties the Belmont Curb Event Center record set by Alex Renfroe Jan. 26, 2009 vs. Mercer ... The 103 point total is Belmont's 16th 100-point game of the NCAA Division I era, first since Jan. 9, 2014 at SEMO ... Chamberlain had his 12th career game of 8+ assists.