Strong Second Half

Strong Second Half

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Behind 23 points and 13 rebounds from senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated UT Martin, 82-67, Saturday.

Windler went 8-for-13 from the field and 5-for-10 from 3-point distance in recording his 28th career double-double.

Senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) added 23 points and five assists as Belmont won its fifth consecutive game.

After a back-and-forth first 18 minutes, Belmont scored eight of the final 10 points of the first half, including a Windler 3-pointer that gave the Bruins a 40-32 halftime lead.

A Delfincko Bogan basket got the Skyhawks within 54-46 with 12:23 remaining, but a flurry of Belmont transition offense fueled by freshman point guard Grayson Murphy broke the game open.

Another Windler 3-pointer capped a 25-8 Belmont run and made the score 79-54 with 3:55 left before head coach Rick Byrd emptied the bench.

Belmont shot 50 percent (30-for-60) from the field - including 14-for-35 from 3-point distance.

The Bruins had 25 assists on 30 made field goals, led by Murphy's 11.

Freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Nick Hopkins (Fayetteville, Tenn.) added 15.

Quinton Dove led UT Martin (6-15, 1-9 OVC) with 14 points.

Belmont has won 115 of its last 124 home games and moves into a tie for first-place in the OVC standings.

Belmont (17-4, 8-2 OVC) returns to game action Thursday, Feb. 7 at Eastern Kentucky. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.