NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been named OVC Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
The 6-8 guard/forward averaged 30.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in leading Belmont to road victories at Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State this past week.
Windler scored a career-high 41 points on 12-of-20 shooting – including eight 3-point field goals - at Morehead State, adding 12 rebounds and three steals. Windler's 41 points represented the most points scored by any player in the OVC this season, second-most by any player from the state of Tennessee (behind only Grant Williams of Tennessee) and one shy of the Belmont NCAA Division I era single-game scoring record. He scored 16 points in the final 4:56 of the first half and 11 points in the final 3:31 of regulation.
Windler had 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists at Eastern Kentucky.
Windler has 30 career double-doubles, including eight of his last nine games and five this season with 30 or more points. He ranks among OVC leaders in 10 statistical categories, including third in scoring and first in rebounding.
The Indianapolis native is the only player in America averaging at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Windler earned conference honors for a second consecutive week.
Belmont (19-4) returns to game action Thursday at Tennessee State.
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.