Bruin Blitz 11/12-11/17
Men’s Basketball (3-1)
11/14 v. Indiana State
Belmont overcame a 16-point deficit and scored a towering 63 points in the second half to defeat the Indiana State Sycamores 96-95, winning their home opener.
JJ Mann led the team in scoring, notching 23 points on the evening while Reece Chamberlain knocked down seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals defensively for the Bruins.
“It was a great night, important for our team. It’s a pretty young, pretty different kind of team with us and we need all the confidence we can get,” coach Rick Byrd said.
11/17 @ UNC Chapel Hill
The Bruins earned arguably the largest victory in school history as they defeated No. 12 UNC at the Dean Smith Center.
JJ Mann sank a three after a pass from Reece Chamberlain to seal the 83-80 victory over the Tar Heels.
“It’s real satisfying. At least for me, the part that is satisfying is to see our kids enjoy win like that. So many times when you get this kind of win, people talk about what can it do for the program and even look ahead Those of us in middle of it are happy for the kids we recruited and came to Belmont,” Byrd said.
The win marked the first win against a ranked opponent since 2003.
“We still have a long way to go. It is a long season. We’re 3-1, and I thought we could have been 1-3 at this point or whatever. We still have to build from here. But it was a great day for Belmont and all of us that were part of it.”
Women’s basketball (2-2)
11/14 @ Lipscomb
The women’s team earned their first Battle of the Boulevard victory in the “Coach Cam” era 68-52 at Allen Arena.
Jordyn Luffman excelled for the Bruins on both sides of the ball, leading the team in scoring with 14 points, and nine rebounds. Adrienne Tarrence led the team in assists (6). 11/17 @ UTC
Jordyn Luffman earned her second double-double of the season in a 76-65 loss to the UTC Mocs on Sunday.
The Bruins led 36-27 at the half, but stellar free throw shooting gave the Mocs the final advantage.
Luffman scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Katie Carroll earned four assists on the afternoon.
Men’s soccer (6-10-2)
In their final match of the season, the Bruins fell to the Georgia State Panthers 2-1 in Atlanta.
Sophomore Alfred Edmonds took a pass from Nico Olsak to record a team-best sixth goal in the 71st minute, but it wasn’t enough to overcome GSU’s previously established two-goal advantage.
Goalkeeper Grayson Rector earned four saves for Belmont.
Volleyball (19-13, 12-4)
11/13 v. TSU
Belmont swept cross-town rivals (25-18, 25-21, 25-16) in straight sets last Wednesday.
Both teams exchanged points early in the first set but a momentum shift helped the Bruins go on a six-point unanswered run. This pattern would continue for the next two sets with kills from freshman hitter Jessica Vestal and middle-hitter Alison McCoy to end the match.
Vestal notched a double-double with a team high 12 kills and 11 digs.
11/16 v. Eastern Illinois
In Belmont’s final home match of the season, the team closed out Eastern Illinois 25-14, 25-23, 25-27, 25-19.
The Bruins easily took the first set after jumping to a 10-0 lead. Eastern Illinois was able to halt a hot Belmont offense in a back-and-forth second set before the Bruins were able to close the set 25-23. The fight for points continued in the third set, which was sent into extra points by a Jen Myer kill, but the Panthers were able to skin by with the win. In the fourth set, Belmont was able to jump to a 20-9 lead before Eastern Illinois fought back. A Panther serving error gave Belmont set point.
Freshman hitter Jessica Vestal lead the team with 17 kills.
Belmont travels to Morehead for the start of the Ohio Valley Conference championship tournament on Nov. 21.