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Morehead State Game Preview

Morehead State Game Preview

MOREHEAD, Ky. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Saturday at Morehead State.

The Bruins defeated Eastern Kentucky, 83-65, Thursday. Belmont outrebounded EKU, 45-28, and held the Colonels to 39 percent shooting.
 
Senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) had 27 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and five assists in the victory. The 6-3 guard has been named OVC Player of the Week twice this season, and is averaging 23.0 points and 4.5 assists per game over his last eight games. McClain ranks among OVC leaders in six statistical categories, including fifth in points per game (16.8) and fifth in assists per game (4.0).
 
Senior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) provided 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists at Eastern Kentucky, his 29th career double-double. The 6-8 guard/forward has double figure rebounds in seven of his last eight games and leads the OVC in rebounding (10.3) for a second consecutive season. He is one of only five players in the nation averaging at least 19.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game. Windler, who passed Kerron Johnson ('13) for ninth on Belmont's NCAA Division I era career scoring list Feb. 2 vs. UT Martin, has 1,411 points. The Indianapolis native was named as a candidate for the Julius Erving Award and the Senior CLASS Award Wednesday.

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).

Freshman Grayson Murphy (Franklin, Tenn.) handed out six assists at Eastern Kentucky. The 6-2 guard has 38 assists over his last four games, including a Belmont NCAA Division I era single-game record 15 assists at Austin Peay Jan. 26. Murphy ranks second in the OVC in assists per game (6.2).
 
Freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) had 13 points and four assists at Eastern Kentucky. The 6-11 center has scored 20 or more points in five of his last nine games. He leads the OVC in blocked shots per game (2.27) and ranks second in field goal percentage (.607).

Freshman Caleb Hollander (Nashville, Tenn.) scored a career-high 22 points vs. Morehead State earlier this season (1/10/12).

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.

This marks the 15th meeting between Belmont and Morehead State.

Tip-off is set for 4:35 p.m. ET/3:35 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and the ESPN app. 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.
 
 
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.