Bruin Blitz 11/25-12/1
11/26 vs Brescia
Behind the balanced offense and excellent shooting, Belmont had no trouble defeating Brescia in dominating fashion 102-68 Tuesday night.
Five different Bruins scored in double digits including senior Drew Windler who led the team with 18 points. Freshman Evan Bradds added 15 points while senior JJ Mann had 14 points and 5 steals on the night.
Belmont shot nearly 62 percent from the field overall and hit 12 three pointers including a perfect 4-4 by Windler from behind the arc.
12/01 vs VCU
After committing a season-high 21 turnovers combined with poor shooting in the second half, the men’s basketball team fell to VCU Rams 81-68, who lead the nation in turnovers forced coming into the contest.
With the loss, the Bruins ended the nation’s best home winning streak at 23 games.
“I’m really not disappointed at the disparity in the turnovers. They had 15, we had 21. I would have taken those numbers before the game because they can turn you over like crazy,” Belmont coach Rick Byrd said.
JJ Mann scored his 1,000th career point as a Bruin and co-led team scoring with Blake Jenkins Drew Windler put up 13 points and nine rebounds.
“We created a tremendous atmosphere in here today. I appreciate the people who came out, it’s not usual for us to get a near capacity crowd. Despite the loss, it was a pretty great day for Belmont basketball,” Byrd said.
Belmont will travel down the road to Murfreesboro to take on in-state rival MTSU on Tuesday. Tip-off is set for 7 pm at the Murphy Center.
Despite putting together a 23 point lead early in the second half, the women’s basketball team couldn’t stop the Georgia State rally as Belmont fell 87-84 in the final seconds to the Panthers.
While the Bruins shot 52 percent from the field, Belmont was unable to overcome a total of 25 turnovers that led to 36 points for the Panthers.
Senior Jordyn Luffman scored a career-high 21 points and pulled in 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Junior Katie Carroll scored a career-high five three points to record 15 points on the afternoon.
Belmont will travel on the road once again to take on Wake Forest on Tuesday in the first meeting between the teams.