Jan 09, 2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Thursday vs. Morehead State.
The Bruins defeated Tennessee Tech, 79-67, Jan. 5. Belmont handed out 17 assists and had 27 bench points in the victory.
Senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler was named Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week earlier this week. The 6-8 guard/forward averaged 23.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game on 64 percent shooting. Windler ranks among OVC leaders in 10 statistical categories, including first in rebounding (9.2) and third in scoring (18.8).
Windler recorded a career-high 36 points and 20 rebounds in last season's home victory over Morehead State (2/17/18). It was one of only three 30-20 games in all of NCAA Division I men's basketball last season (Marvin Bagley, Jo-Lual Acuil).
Junior Seth Adelsperger (Peru, Ind.) has scored in 12 consecutive games, including 12 points and five rebounds vs. Tennessee Tech. The 6-11 center is shooting 71 percent from the field this season and scored a career-high 13 points at Kennesaw State Nov. 24.
Freshman Adam Kunkel (Hebron, Ky.) is growing into a larger reserve role as well. The 6-3 guard scored in both games last week, including five points vs. Tennessee Tech. Kunkel was a 2018 Kentucky Mr. Basketball Finalist.
Belmont (Ian Clark, New Orleans Pelicans) and Morehead State (Kenneth Faried, Brooklyn Nets) each have a former player in the NBA. In fact, Clark and Faried were teammates on the Denver Nuggets for two months at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Former Belmont point guard Kerron Johnson ('13) established Curb Event Center single-game records for free throws made (19) and attempts (21) versus Morehead State (1/31/13).
This marks the 14th meeting between Belmont and Morehead State.
Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT from the Curb Event Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and the ESPN app. The live play-by-play of can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network. Live in-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 12 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 13 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.