NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Thursday vs. Eastern Illinois.
The Bruins defeated Tennessee Tech, 93-65, Feb. 16. Senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored a game-high 21 points for Belmont. The 6-8 guard/forward ranks among national leaders in defensive rebounding and double-doubles, and is averaging 27.4 points and 12.7 rebounds per game over his last seven games. Windler currently ranks among OVC leaders in 11 statistical categories, including first in rebounds per game (10.4) and third in points per game (20.8). He is the only player in America averaging at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Windler averaged 26.5 points per game in two meetings vs. Eastern Illinois last season.
Senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) has matched Windler with impressive production and consistency on both ends of the floor. The 6-3 guard has posted 22 double figure scoring games, including 11 straight games of 10 or more points. McClain is averaging 18.7 points and 4.2 assists per game in OVC play. The Jennings, Florida native had a game-high 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals - and hit the game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds remaining - in Belmont's victory at UCLA.
Freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) continues to provide a quality inside presence for the Bruins. The 6-11 center has tallied 19 double figure scoring games, while handing out three or more assists in 13 games. Muszynski ranks among national leaders in field goal percentage (.600) and blocked shots per game (2.24).
Belmont delivered one of its finest performances of the NCAA Division I era vs. Eastern Illinois in the 2015 OVC Tournament Quarterfinal, opening the game on a 15-0 run, shooting 62 percent from the field - including 16-for-27 from 3-point distance - en route to a 97-64 victory.
This marks the 11th meeting between Belmont and Eastern Illinois.