Men’s basketball takes down Western Kentucky for ninth win of the season

Men’s basketball takes down Western Kentucky for ninth win of the season

The Belmont men’s basketball team beat Western Kentucky 80-74 on Wednesday night at the Curb Event Center, just four days after the Bruins’ historic win against UCLA.

The win was Belmont’s fifth in a row against Western Kentucky.

The Bruins were able to jump on the Hilltoppers early and led for most of the first half, ending the half with a score of 42-28.

But Western Kentucky’s players did not let the score stop them, going on a 13-0 run in the middle of the second half that cut Belmont’s lead to 6 points — at 57-51 — with 11 minutes left in the game.

Hilltopper freshman and NBA prospect Charles Bassey was a huge factor in this pushback, earning a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Help from Belmont freshman Grayson Murphy at the 3-point line was one of the determining factors in the Bruins’ victory. Murphy scored a career high 20 points, making 5-8 of his 3-point attempts.

Belmont senior Kevin McClain also had a great game, with 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals. McClain had a few momentum-changing plays where he drove the ball full court, scored the basket and drew a foul.

Senior Dylan Windler played a solid game as well, earning his fifth double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

With Wednesday’s victory, the Bruins continued their red hot start to their 2018-2019 campaign, improving their record to 9-1. Belmont also received two votes in Monday’s Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The team will finish its non-conference season at Purdue on Dec. 29 at 3:30 p.m..


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