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Wild Ride

Wild Ride

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Behind a career-high 27 points from junior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated Houston Baptist, 93-88, Saturday in the 2K Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project Nashville Subregional.

Junior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 23 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for his fourth consecutive double-double to open the season.

Belmont led 51-33 at halftime and increased the lead to 69-42 with 15:02 left on a McClain driving layin.

From there, the Bruins mysteriously endured a six-minute scoring drought, as open 3-pointers rimmed out and enabled the visiting Huskies to work back into the game.

Philip McKenzie capped a 21-0 Houston Baptist run to make the score 69-63 with 9:09 remaining.

Windler then proceeded to bury a 3-pointer and McClain delivered a tip-in basket to push the margin back to 11, 74-63.

Houston Baptist would tie the score at 75, but consecutive 3-pointers from sophomore Michael Benkert (Greenwood, Ind.) and McClain gave Belmont an 87-82 lead with 1:37 left.

Windler made four consecutive free throws in the final 17 seconds to secure the outcome.

Amanze Egekeze added 17 points, while freshman Caleb Hollander (Nashville, Tenn.) scored 11.

Ian DuBose led Houston Baptist (1-2) with 19 points.

Belmont (3-1) returns to game action Sunday vs. Seattle. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. 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. In-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.