OVC Ball Statbox
|1-1 (0-0 OVC)|
|1-1 (0-0 ASun)|
|33/57 (57.9%)||Field Goals||23/69 (33.3%)|
|16/33 (48.5%)||3-Point FG||9/33 (27.3%)|
|5/7 (71.4%)||Free Throws||7/10 (70.0%)|
|41 (7/34)||Rebounds (O/D)||32 (14/18)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
|Points:||Bradshaw (22)||Williams (13)|
|Rebounds:||Bradds (9)||Denny (9)|
|Assists:||Bradshaw (8)||Hampton, Moran (3)|
|Steals:||Chamberlain (4)||Wishon, Moran (2)|
Belmont is playing like Belmont again.
Behind strong defense and 16 three-point field goals, Belmont defeated Lipscomb, 87-62. The Bruins jumped out to a 19-5 lead, and never relinquished it on their way to a dominant win over their cross-town rivals.
After the initial Belmont blitz, Lipscomb found their rane, closing within 24-16 on a Josh Williams basket. The Bruins answered with a 10-0 run over the next five minutes, highlighted by three-pointers from sophomore Taylor Barnette and freshman Amanze Egekeze. But Williams scored six straight points late in the half, and after two driving baskets from junior Craig Bradshaw, Nathan Moran sank a wing three-pointer to close the hosts within 11, 48-37, at halftime.
Belmont shot 55 percent (18-for-33) from the field in the opening 20 minutes – including 9-for-19 from three-point distance. The Bruins also committed only six first half turnovers — coming off of 21 giveaways against Wright State.
In the second half, Lipscomb inched within 14 points, before Holden Mobley and Nick Smith buried consecutive shots from behind the arc in reply. Some unfortunate decision-making and risky passes down the stretch aside, Belmont completed a workmanlike performance.
All told, the Bruins shot 58 percent (33-for-57) from the field – including 16-for-33 from three-point distance. Belmont handed out 23 assists on 33 made field goals, and outrebounded Lipscomb by nine, 41-32.
Bradshaw led three Bruins in double figures with 22 points and a career-high eight assists. Barnette added a career-high 17 points and five rebounds, while Smith scored a career-high 13. Reece Chamberlain added eight points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Williams led Lipscomb with 13 points.
Belmont (1-1) returns to game action Wednesday, Nov. 19 versus Trevecca Nazarene. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from the Curb Event Center.