Efficient Effort

Efficient Effort

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Behind 25 points from senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated Tennessee State, 92-74, Saturday.

Windler went 9-for-12 from the field and 7-for-8 from 3-point distance as Belmont shot a season-high 64 percent from the field - including 17-for-23 after halftime.

Freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) added 23 points, six rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.

Consecutive 3-pointers from Windler and sophomore Nick Hopkins (Fayetteville, Tenn.) pushed Belmont to a 12-3 lead three minutes in.

The Bruins led wire-to-wire, and freshman Grayson Murphy (Franklin, Tenn.) capped a 17-7 run late in the first half as Belmont led 43-31 at halftime.

Muszynski added fire in the second half with two consecutive blocked shots on the defensive end followed by a putback slam on the offensive end to give Belmont a 63-46 lead.

Senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) added 16 points.

Michael Littlejohn led Tennessee State (5-13, 2-4 OVC) with 19 points.

The game was a homecoming for Tennessee State head coach Brian Collins, who played for Belmont from 2002-06 and led the Bruins to the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

Belmont has won 113 of its last 122 home games.

Belmont (13-4, 4-2 OVC) returns to game action Thursday, Jan. 24 at Murray State.

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