COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - - Behind 21 points and nine rebounds from senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated Tennessee Tech, 93-65, Saturday night.
After the first 1:50, Belmont held Tennessee Tech scoreless for a near seven-minute stretch, as freshman Adam Kunkel (Hebron, Ky.) capped a spirited 21-0 run that gave the Bruins a 24-10 lead.
Belmont handled early foul trouble from freshman Grayson Murphy (Franklin, Tenn.), forcing 11 Tennessee Tech turnovers in the opening 20 minutes which sparked transition offense.
Two free throws from Jr Clay got the hosts within 14 points, but Belmont scored seven of the final eight points of the half.
Windler's conventional 3-point play gave Belmont a 52-32 halftime lead.
From there, Windler and senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) combined to score Belmont's first 12 points of the second half.
A 3-pointer from sophomore Nick Hopkins (Fayetteville, Tenn.) made the score 72-38 with 13:29 remaining.
The Bruins shot 51 percent (29-for-57) from the field - including 15-for-28 from 3-point distance.
10 Belmont players scored, and Belmont handed out 22 assists on 29 made field goals, while committing only seven turnovers.
Clay led Tennessee Tech (7-20, 3-11 OVC) with 20 points.
Belmont head coach Rick Byrd earned career victory No. 799.
Belmont (21-4, 12-2 OVC), which has won nine consecutive games and remains tied atop the OVC standings, returns to game action Thursday, Feb. 21 vs. Eastern Illinois.