MARTIN, Tenn. - - Behind 32 points and 12 rebounds from senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated UT Martin, 112-67, Thursday night.
In one of the most impressive performances in recent memory, Belmont rode the strong post play of freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) and unified team defense from the start.
Belmont limited UT Martin to two field goals in the first 10 and a half minutes, seizing a 28-4 lead on a 3-pointer from sophomore Nick Hopkins (Fayetteville, Tenn.).
Windler secured his 32nd career double-double in the first half, as Belmont shot 63 percent in the opening 20 minutes to lead 59-23 at halftime.
The Bruins maintained their focus and purpose, as Windler and Muszynski combined on 18 points in the first six and a half minutes of the second half, leading 85-31 with 13:34 remaining.
A 3-pointer from senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) made the score 94-36 with 11:34 left as Belmont reserves played much of the second half.
Muszynski had 19 points and three blocked shots, while junior Michael Benkert (Greenwood, Ind.) added 12.
Freshman Grayson Murphy (Franklin, Tenn.) established a new Belmont NCAA Division I era single-game record with 16 assists.
Belmont handed out 31 assists on 42 made field goals.
Craig Randall II led UT Martin (10-18, 5-12 OVC) with 17 points.
Belmont (24-4, 15-2, OVC), which has 12 straight games and remains tied atop the OVC standings, returns to game action Saturday, March 2 at Southeast Missouri.
NOTES: 112 points represents the most points scored by a Belmont team in regulation in the NCAA Division I era ... Belmont had scored 109 points earlier this season vs. Eastern Kentucky ... 11 Bruins scored ... Belmont earned its 11th true road win of the season.