BELM FG: 27-51 (52.9%)
|MORE 3PT: 3-17 (17.6%)|
BELM 3PT: 11-24 (45.8%)
|MORE FT: 20-29 (69.0%)
BELM FT: 21-25 (84.0%)
|MORE OPPP: 0.916||BELM OPPP: 1.286|
|Points:||Angelo Warner (15)|
Brent Arrington (15)
Kareen Storey (8)
|J.J. Mann (16)
Blake Jenkins (13)
Three tied with 11
|Rebounds:||Chad Posthumus (8)||Blake Jenkins (6)|
|Assists:||Brent Arrington (3)|
Angelo Warner (3)
|Reece Chamberlain (8)|
In Thursday night’s OVC quarterfinals, the higher seed jumped out to quick, big leads against the lower-seeds, who were playing their second game in two-days. Six minutes in, the Bruins led just by four points.
The outcome proved to be exactly the same.
Belmont hit 11-24 from three-point range, and became just the second team this season to outrebound the Eagles, on their way to a dominant 86-63 win over fourth-seeded Morehead State. J.J. Mann helped set the tone early, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the first half, and finishing 4-6 from behind the three-point arc. The Bruins defense was also in high gear, holding Morehead State to 29% shooting from the floor, and just 3-17 from behind the arc.
I thought it was the best defensive game probably overall on the year,” said Belmont head coach Rick Byrd. “Late, we got driven some but late you’re afraid to foul and you’re not quite as aggressive as you were early. Obviously shot the ball well, shared the ball well. One of our better games. We had a good time.”
“They just came out and were playing good defense, “Mann said of the Bruins slow start. “Craig (Bradshaw) got going early and I just waited and tried to be patient and let the game come to me. Finally I was able to open up and get a transition three from Blake (Jenkins) and that kind of got me going. I just wait until it comes to me.”
Adding injury to insult, Morehead State guard Angelo Warner, who tweaked his knee in last night’s win according to Morehead State head coach Sean Woods, was carried off the floor by two of his players, grimacing heavily. The junior guard limped off the floor in the game’s final minutes.
After the loss, Woods praised Belmont head coach Rick Byrd.
“They did their homework and, come on, you give Rick Byrd a week and a half to prepare for anybody, you’re in trouble and I knew that,” Woods said. But I just thought our toughness would prevail…they were just fresher than we were and they had everything going, mentally and physically – and they did a good job preparing for us and they got the job done.”
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