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1st 2nd Final
Denver 16 41 57
2-2 (0-0 Summit)
Belmont 34 44 78
5-1 (0-0 OVC)

Team Statistics

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
15 Assists 11
17 Turnovers 11
Points off TO
Pts in the Paint
Fastbreak Pts
Bench Pts

Tempo Tracker (Possessions)

Four Factors

Learn more in our tempo-free stats primer

Denver offense

Belmont offense

 Top Performers

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

Bullet Points

  • 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.


Rapid Reactions

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.

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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.

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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24