OVC Ball Statbox
|2-2 (0-0 Summit)|
|5-1 (0-0 OVC)|
|19/52 (36.5%)||Field Goals||20/49 (40.8%)|
|10/24 (41.7%)||3-Point FG||9/24 (37.5%)|
|9/14 (64.3%)||Free Throws||29/32 (90.6%)|
|32 (7/25)||Rebounds (O/D)||33 (6/27)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
|Points:||Engesser (26)||Bradshaw (28)|
|Rebounds:||Byrd, Olson (5)||Chamberlain, Chowbay (3)|
|Assists:||Rucker (5)||Bradds (8)|
|Steals:||Four Tied With 1||Seven Tied With 1|
- Belmont never looked back from a 17-4 run to start the game.
- Craig Bradshaw followed up his 29 point performance against Lipscomb on Monday with a 28-point afternoon against the Pioneers. The guard is now averaging 19-points a game, and is shooting better than 50% on the year.
- While the Bruins defense was mostly solid, the Pioneers used their drive-and-kick offense to find Nate Engesser for 7-8 three-point shooting.
Barnette is the new J.J. Mann: A step too far, too early? Maybe. But Taylor Barnette is just a sophomore after transferring from Virginia — and if the first six games are any indication, that means two and half more seasons of solid three-point shooting. The guard hit 5-11 on the game, and is 23-44 (52.3%) on the season from three-point range. He hit 43% as a freshman at Virginia, so this isn’t exactly unprecedented. But he’s going to be a nightmare for guards to defend in the OVC.
Two-man game: It was all about Craig Bradshaw and Barnette. The two combined for 49 of the Bruins 48 points. No other Bruin scored more than six points.
Behind 28 points from junior Craig Bradshaw and stingy team defense, Belmont defeated Denver, 78-57.
The Bruins jumped out to a 17-4 lead, in part by getting stops on five of Denver’s first six possessions, and by a pair of Taylor Barnette threes. The lead swelled to 23-7 before Nate Engesser made a three-pointer for Denver
In fact, Engesser would be the lone Denver player to score in the final 12:34 of the half, as Belmont held a 34-16 lead at halftime. The Bruins held Denver to five first half field goals while forcing the Pioneers into 10 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. Belmont shot just 32 percent (8-for-32) from the field in the first half, but did go 14-for-16 from the free throw line.
Denver got within 36-25 with 16:52 left on a Cam Griffin slam, but Bradshaw answered with six consecutive points. Denver got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way, as Belmont closed the game on a 17-7 run.
All told, Belmont shot 41 percent (20-for-49) from the field – including 9-for-24 from three-point distance. The Bruins also went 29-for-32 from the free throw line. Belmont forced 17 Denver turnovers; the Pioneers averaged fewer than 10 turnovers per game last season.
Bradshaw led Belmont with 28 points and four rebounds. Barnette added 21 points. Bradds led Belmont with eight rebounds. Engesser led Denver (2-2) with 26 points.
Belmont (5-1) returns to game action following the Thanksgiving holiday Saturday, Nov. 29 at Ohio. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT.