NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Behind balanced scoring and strong team defense, Belmont University men's basketball defeated Eastern Illinois, 99-58, Thursday night.
Belmont head coach Rick Byrd earned career victory No. 800, making him one of five active - and 12 all-time - NCAA Division I head coaches to reach 800 career victories.
Senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) led four Bruins in double figures with 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) capped a 19-0 run late in the first half as Belmont led 53-29 at halftime.
Belmont shot 60 percent (34-for-57) from the field - including 18-for-35 from 3-point distance.
Belmont handed out 25 assists on 34 made field goals and limited Eastern Illinois to 36 percent shooting.
Rade Kukobat led Eastern Illinois (14-14, 7-8 OVC) with 11 points.
Belmont (22-4, 13-2 OVC), which has won 10 consecutive games and remains tied atop the OVC standings, returns to game action Saturday, Feb. 23 vs. SIU Edwardsville.
Belmont has won 116 of its last 125 home games.
NCAA Division I men's basketball career wins list (Through 2/21/19)
*Mike Krzyzewski 1,123
*Jim Boeheim 944
Bob Knight 902
Dean Smith 879
Adolph Rupp 876
Jim Calhoun 873
*Roy Williams 863
*Bob Huggins 855
Jim Phelan 830
Rollie Massimino 816
Eddie Sutton 806
*Rick Byrd 800
�� | Relive the final moments of tonight's historic victory as the newest member of the 800 club talks with Lindsey Nance postgame. pic.twitter.com/iPBNWzqHXB— Belmont Basketball (@BelmontMBB) February 22, 2019