Southeast Missouri Game Preview

Southeast Missouri Game Preview

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball returns to game action Saturday at Southeast Missouri.

Belmont defeated UT Martin, 112-67, Thursday. Belmont handed out 31 assists on 42 made field goals as 11 team members scored.

Senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 32 points and 12 rebounds at UT Martin. The 6-8 guard/forward ranks among national leaders in defensive rebounding and double-doubles, and is averaging 26.4 points and 11.7 rebounds per game over his last 10 games. Windler currently ranks among OVC leaders in 10 statistical categories, including first in rebounds per game (10.3) and third in points per game (21.1). He is the only player in America averaging at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Windler is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.

Senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) has been extremely impressive this season. The 6-3 guard has posted 25 double figure scoring games, including 14 straight games of 10 or more points. McClain is averaging 17.5 points and 4.5 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 22 double figure scoring games - including 19 points at UT Martin - while handing out three or more assists in 15 games. Muszynski ranks among national leaders in field goal percentage (.615) and blocked shots per game (2.18).

Freshman Grayson Murphy (Franklin, Tenn.) handed out a Belmont NCAA Division I era single-game record 16 assists at UT Martin, eclipsing his own record of 15 set at Austin Peay earlier this season. The 6-2 guard ranks among national leaders in assists per game (6.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6).

Amanze Egekeze ('18) went 7-for-7 from the field, 3-for-3 from 3-point distance, and 4-for-4 from the free throw line in his 21-point effort vs. Southeast Missouri last season. Egekeze became the first Bruin to go perfect from the field (min. seven FGA) and free throw line in a game since Evan Bradds in his final game at the Curb Event Center (vs. Tennessee State, 2/25/17).

Sophomore Nick Hopkins (Fayetteville, Tenn.) made a career-high seven 3-point field goals in last season's victory at Southeast Missouri.

This marks the eighth meeting between Belmont and Southeast Missouri. 

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and the ESPN app. The live play-by-play of Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network. In-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.

Belmont at Southeast Missouri Game Notes

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.