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Bruin Blitz 11/04-11/11

Men’s Basketball (1-1):

11/09 @Lipscomb

In a game where Belmont struggled to shoot from the free throw line, free throws are what saved the Bruins in a tightly contested Battle of the Boulevard game.

After drawing a foul with 7.5 seconds to go, JJ Mann sank a shot from the charity stripe to give Belmont the 87-83 victory against an aggressive Lipscomb team.

“Well it was pretty crazy, first of all, but it was lots of fun. It’s college basketball on the road, it’s great,” Mann said. “It was so tight the whole time, and at the end we’re up two, so hitting those free throws … I felt pretty comfortable when we went up four.”

Mann led the Bruins with 21 points on the night.

11/11 @ Richmond

While the Bruins attempted a late surge in the second half, Belmont fell in the final seconds 69-61 to Richmond on Monday night.

After six straight points from Reece Chamberlain pulled Belmont within three, Richmond secured the game at the free throw line in the closing seconds.

Belmont shot 41 percent from the field and made only four of the 18 attempts behind the arc.

Seniors Drew Windler and Blake Jenkins each recorded 13 points for the Bruins.

The team will host the Indiana State Sycamores in its home opener on Thursday. Tip-off at the Curb Event Center is set for 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball (1-1)

11/9 @ IUPUI

A new era for the women’s basketball program began in Indianapolis Saturday as Belmont’s Cameron Newbauer made his head coaching debut against IUPUI.

The Bruins were unable to come away with the victory as they fell to the Jaguars 80-58.

Throughout the first half, the teams pushed back and forth as the Bruins kept scuffing away at the early lead built by the Jags.

But after a short scoring drought, IUPUI extended its lead 21-15 and went up by 10 at the end of the half.

While the teams played closed throughout the first half, the second half was a different story. IUPUI opened the second half on a 15-1 run and eventually extended its lead to 32 points.

In the final two minutes, the Bruins were able to chip away at the lead but it was too little too late as Belmont lost the season opener.

Luffman matched a career-high 16 points and led the team in scoring.

11/11 vs. Mercer

After defeating the Mercer Bears 69-62 Monday night in their home opener, the Belmont women’s basketball team gathered around a beaming coach Cameron Newbauer at half court.

The win was Newbauer’s first as a head coach.

“He pushes us at practice and gives us his all every single day,” said junior Jordyn Luffman. “That’s what we want to do for him to just give that back to him and respect him. It was very special.”

Five players scored in double figures for the Bruins while Luffman earned a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

“It was great to have a win in our first game here at the Curb with such an electric crowd and student support and all the fans that were here,” Newbauer said. “To win this first game at home, it was special to us.”

Coach Cam and the Bruins will get their first taste of the Battle of the Boulevard rivalry on Thursday. Tip-off at Lipscomb is set for 5:15 p.m.

Men’s Soccer (6-9-2)

11/5 vs Western Illinois

When it hit the pitch for the last home match of the season, the men’s soccer team had only one goal on its mind: to send out the senior class with a final victory at E.S. Rose Park.

Belmont accomplished its mission with a 1-0 victory over Western Illinois Tuesday evening. The lone goal of the match came from sophomore Raphael Colmanette in the 52nd minute.

“As we told the guys in the locker room as we came out, I said ‘There is really only one way to honor the seniors.’ They all said at the same time ‘That’s to win’,” said Belmont coach Earle Davidson.

It was the final game played in front of Belmont crowd for five seniors, including the all-time assists leader Nico Olsak and team captain Charlie Dankert.

Men’s Golf

11/03-11/05 @ Hummingbird Intercollegiate

The men’s golf team placed third in the Hummingbird Intercollegiate in North Carolina early last week.

Sophomore Ashton Van Horne earned his fourth top-10 finish of the season and carded a total of 214, including a score of 69 in the opening round.

Fellow sophomore Sean Buchanan also placed in the top-ten, finishing one stroke behind Van Horne.

With the third-place finish, the team wrapped the fall portion of its season. Belmont won two titles and placed in the top-six in the five events competed this fall.

Volleyball (17-13, 10-4 OVC)

11/8 @Eastern Kentucky

In its first road game of the weekend, the volleyball team defeated the Eastern Kentucky Colonels in four sets on Friday night. (22-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-13)

After dropping the first set, the Bruins rallied in the final three sets, including dominating the third set with .414 hitting percentage.

Scarlet Gable and Allison McCoy led the Bruins with 12 kills apiece. Hannah Miranda recorded 39 assists in the match.

11/09 @ Morehead State

After winning the past nine games, Belmont’s streak came to an end against Morehead State in five sets Saturday evening.

In the first set, Belmont capitalized on a pair of attack errors from Morehead and won the set 25-23 on a kill from senior Allison Mccoy. But the Eagles won back to back sets, 25-20.

To force a fifth set, the Bruins came out strong in the fourth behind senior libero Jamie Lundstrom who had a pair of aces in the set. However, Belmont was unable to hold off Morehead State and fell in the fifth set, 15-11.

McCoy led Belmont with a total of 15 kills and six blocks.

The volleyball team will wrap up its season with a pair of home matches against Tennessee State and Eastern Illinois.

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