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Driving Past the Colonels

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Behind a career-high 28 points from senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated Eastern Kentucky, 109-93, Saturday.

It was a record-setting day for Belmont, as 109 points established a new single-game standard for points in a regulation game in the program's NCAA Division I era, while 64 points in the first half tied the Curb Event Center arena record.

The game had 33 points by the first media timeout, and never slowed from there.

McClain added six assists and five rebounds as he went 12-for-15 from the free throw line.

Senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler had 23 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals, with 20 points coming in an electrifying first half.

Belmont had 17 assists on 22 made field goals in the opening 20 minutes, leading 64-46 at halftime.

Eastern Kentucky rode the play of its own All-America candidate - Nick Mayo - closing within 70-60 with 16:28 left on a Jomaru Brown basket.

But a 3-pointer from freshman Adam Kunkel (Hebron, Ky.) capped an 8-0 Belmont response to push the Bruin lead back to 18.

Belmont outrebounded Eastern Kentucky, 48-27, and outscored the Colonels, 40-24, in points in the paint.

Grayson Murphy added 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Belmont.

Mayo led Eastern Kentucky (7-10, 0-4 OVC) with 26 points.

Belmont (12-3, 3-1 OVC) has won 112 of its last 121 home games.