OVC Ball Statbox
|22/45 (48.9%)||Field Goals||22/60 (36.7%)|
|5/14 (35.7%)||3-Point FG||11/31 (35.5%)|
|16/24 (66.7%)||Free Throws||7/9 (77.8%)|
|33 (4/29)||Rebounds (O/D)||34 (10/24)|
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Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
The Bruins took an eight point lead into the half, but a slow start to the second, and hot shooting by the Aces’ ace D.J. Ballentine pushed Evansville over the top on Tuesday in Nashville.
Craig Bradshaw sits out, Bruins offense struggles
We didn’t get the notice until nearly game time, but the Bruins, (and Ohio Valley Conference) leading scorer missed Tuesday’s night game, suffering we believe to be a knee injury. (We’ve heard sprained knee, but that’s unconfirmed by the team) Belmont shot the ball well enough in the first 20 minutes to build a lead, but hit just 10-32 (31.2%) in the second half, posting just 25 points in the final 20 minutes. It wasn’t three-point shooting (11-31, 35.5% for the game) that was troublesome, but Belmont simply couldn’t get anything going inside.
When will Bradshaw be back? No word yet. Belmont hosts Wright State in the return game of a home-home series Wednesday.
Reece Chamberlain, Rebounding Master
Chamberlain is listed at 6’1, but for the third time this season, finished with double-digit rebounds, this time 14 against a really good rebounding team in Evansville. Belmont, which has struggled on the boards, edged Evansville on the glass (35-34) thanks in part to 10 offensive rebounds.
The rest of Chamberlain’s stat line? 1-11 shooting, but eight assists, nearly notching the incredibly rare assist-rebound double-double.
Balentine is still…well Balentine
Evansville’s leading scorer notched a game-high 25 points on 10-17 shooting from the field. He really put his team on his back in the second half, scoring 14 of the Aces 36 second-half points. It wasn’t even his best shooting night, hitting just 2-7 from three-point range.
Things I haven’t written often here: Belmont head coach Rick Byrd got T’d up late in the second-half, after jawing with the refs. According to a few listeners of his post-game radio interview, he was still highely upset after the game as well.
Brozja ejected late
After the Byrd technical allowed Evansville to make it a two-score game, the Bruins nearly got bailed out when Mislav Brozja was ejected after a pick with his elbows high. But the Bruins missed one of the two freebies, and turned the ball over on their next possession.