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Bruin Blitz 11/18-11/24

Men’s Basketball (6-1)

11/20 v. Lipscomb

Although the first meeting between the Belmont Bruins and Lipscomb Bisons came down to the final seconds, the Bruins crushed the Bisons 94-64 Wednesday night in front of a packed Curb Event Center.

“It was a good that we were able to get a lead, sustain it and actually build on it. The other games have been harder ones,” Belmont coach Rick Byrd said. “But this was the first time we really even had a chance to win a game with any margin.”

Five Bruins scored in double digits, but the star of the night was freshman Evan Bradds who tallied a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds for Belmont. Sophomore guard Craig Bradshaw also had a career-high 16 points on the night.

11/23 v. Holy Cross, Uncasville, Conn.

The Bruins continued their winning ways, defeating Holy Cross, 81-70, Saturday night in the Springfield Bracket of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament.

While the Crusaders were first to score, a 9-0 opening run led by Reece Chamberlain gave Belmont the advantage.

Sophomore Craig Bradhsaw topped his previous career-high 16 points, scoring 21 points in the contest. Belmont as a whole shot 57 percent from the field and 9-17 from the arc.

11/24 v. Hofstra, Uncasville, Conn.

Belmont had to fight to take the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament championship over Hofstra in a 85-75.

The Pride jumped to an early 12-2 lead, but stellar bench play from Caleb Chowbay and Evan Bradds closed the gap to bring Belmont within a three-point deficit at the half.

In the second half, threes from Chowbay and Craig Bradshaw turned the tides in Belmont’s favor after sinking consecutive threes.

Bradshaw once again reached a career-high of 24 points, while the Bruins were able to score 21 points off 16 Pride turnovers.

Women’s basketball (3-4)

11/19 v. Texas A&M Corpus Christi

The Bruins fell to the Islanders of Texas A&M Corpus Christi in a 72-62 contest where Belmont struggled to shoot, making 23-62 baskets attempted.

Jordyn Luffman, who scored 20 points on the night, helped Belmont remain in contention with an Islander team who shot 54 percent from behind the arc in the second half.

11/22 @ Purdue

Belmont continued their shooting woes on the road in a 76-46 loss at No. 18/22 Purdue where freshman Meredith Roman had a breakout performance for the Bruins, scoring 14 points on the evening.

“It was a great opportunity and experience to play at Purdue,” Roman said.  “The only way we will continue to get better is by playing good teams like Purdue.

Bench play helped the Bruins notch 26 points in the contest.

11/24 v. Kent State

After a three game skid, Belmont earned a well-deserved 84-60 victory over the Kent State Golden Flashes.

Kent State jumped to an early 6-0 lead that they would never regain as Torie Vaught, Meredith Roman and Lauren Thompson ignited the Belmont offense.

In a display of total team effort, Katie Carroll led the team in scoring (15), Frankie Joubran led in rebounds (12) and Adrienne Tarrence led the team with seven assists.

Once again, bench play proved to be an asset, bringing 36 points to the Bruins’ winning tally as the team shot 51 percent overall.

Volleyball (19-14)

Defending OVC Tournament Champions, the No. 2 ranked Belmont Bruins (19-14), fell to four sets against No.7 ranked SIUE Cougars (13-17) in the first round of the OVC Tournament Thursday.

Alex Martin finished the game with 15 kills, and Allison McCoy with 10.

Cross Country

Senior runner Matt Miller finished 180th at Saturday’s NCAA Cross Country Championship held at the Wabash Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Miller covered the 10K course in 32:07.2, placing 180 out of 253 runners.

“He made it here and got a shot to race against the nation’s best, and he gave it all he could. It was a really great experience for him and us,” said  Jeff Langdon, Belmont’s Director of Cross Country and Track and Field.

–Courtney Martinez and Emily Proud contributed to this report

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