OVC Ball Statbox
|3-1 (0-0 OVC)|
|1-2 (0-0 CUSA)|
|22/59 (37.3%)||Field Goals||26/56 (46.4%)|
|9/33 (27.3%)||3-Point FG||7/16 (43.8%)|
|11/15 (73.3%)||Free Throws||4/12 (33.3%)|
|32 (9/23)||Rebounds (O/D)||40 (11/29)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Western Kentucky offense
|Points:||Bradds (24)||Harrison-Docks (21)|
|Rebounds:||Bradds (8)||Fant (9)|
|Assists:||Chamberlain (8)||Price (6)|
|Steals:||Chamberlain (4)||Price (2)|
Nick Smith sank a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to cap the comeback as Belmont defeated Western Kentucky, 64-63.
A three by the Hilltoppers’ Harrison-Docks put WKU up 14 with 6:25 remaining, before the Bruins response began.
Five points from Evan Bradds and a steal and score from Reece Chamberlain closed the margin to 56-49 with 4:29 left. Following two Amanze Egekeze free throws, Aleksej Rostov would score along the baseline to increase Western Kentucky’s lead to 60-51 with 3:07 remaining.
A Bradds free-throw and Craig Bradshaw lay-in trimmed the margin to six, before Bradshaw buried a deep three-pointer to get the Bruins within 60-57 with 2:11 remaining. After a WKU miss, Belmont freed Smith for his first basket of the game – a straight-on three-pointer to tie the score at 60 with 1:31 left.
On the next Hilltopper possession, T.J. Price missed a contested three-pointer. Bradds and Ben Lawson fought for the loose ball rebound, with officials calling a jump ball. Belmont was awarded possession on the possession arrow.
From there, the Bruins worked the ball inside to Bradds, who would earn a trip to the free throw line on a determined post move.
Bradds made one of two free throws with 43 seconds left to give Belmont a 61-60 lead.
Following a WKU timeout, Price made an acrobatic baseline drive through contact with 22 seconds left. The conventional three-point play pushed the Hilltoppers ahead 63-61.
Belmont proceeded to push the ball into the frontcourt, freeing Smith in front of the Bruin bench for a wing three-pointer. The shot was nothing but net, as Belmont regained the lead, 64-63, with 12 seconds left.
On Western Kentucky’s final possession, senior Holden Mobley deflected a pass out of bounds with five seconds left, before Price had a contested 17-footer rim off as the buzzer sounded.
All told, Belmont shot 37 percent (22-for-59) from the field – including 9-for-33 from three-point distance. The Bruins made their final three shots from behind the arc.
Belmont scored 17 points off 16 WKU turnovers.
Bradds scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Bradshaw had 15 points and six rebounds.
Harrison-Docks led Western Kentucky with 21 points.
Belmont returns to action Monday, Nov. 24 versus Lipscomb. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT from the Curb Event Center.