The Belmont Bruins beat the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers 90-69 Saturday at the first home game of the season. Belmont’s annual tradition of First on the Floor started the game with excitement and energy and officially welcomed the freshman to Belmont basketball.
Belmont had a rocky start to the game and trailed Western Kentucky for a majority of the first quarter, but Amanze Egekeze made a dunk with just more than a minute left pulling the Bruins into the lead.
Belmont came out into the second half energized and held the lead for the rest of the game.
“That’s a really good win for us. I think Western is really good. Our depth helped out. And we made shots,” Belmont men’s basketball tweeted head coach Rick Byrd as saying after the game.
Belmont ended with 16 3-pointers, starting the season off with a solid record. Evan Bradds lead the team with 26 points, followed by Nick Smith with 18. WKU junior Justin Johnson led his team with 17 points and nine rebounds.
The Bruins will play the Florida Gators Monday at 6 p.m. airing on the SEC Network and will return home to play the Battle of the Boulevard against Lipscomb with a scheduled tip-off at 6:30 p.m.
Article by Hunter Morgan. Photos by Hunter Morgan and Carina Eudy.