Belmont men's basketball had high hopes for its Arch Madness debut.
Indiana State University had other plans.
In a matchup between the fourth seeded Bruins and the fifth seeded Sycamores, a total of 185 points were scored.
Sharpshooting guard Cooper Neese led the charge for Indiana State, pouring in 33 points.
Four players filled the stat sheet on Belmont's side, but it was not enough as the Bruins fell 94-91 inside the Enterprise Center.
Relive the action of Belmont's top four scorers in their short lived conference tournament appearance through the lens of the Vision's Landen Secrest.
Cade Tyson notched a career-high in points
The 6'7 freshman kept the Bruins alive in the first half as senior Ben Sheppard exited the game in foul trouble.
He got to the rim.
He shot over defenders.
In an even split game, Tyson scored 12 points in each half, finishing with a career-high 24 points.
Keishawn Davidson remained steady and solid
Belmont's starting point guard showed his experience vs Indiana State.
The savvy veteran managed the game for the Bruins.
Finishing with 18 points, the floor general was a consistent presence throughout the contest.
Ja'Kobi Gillespie shined off the bench
He was the Bruins' energizer bunny.
Spending most of his time on the court alongside Davidson, the acrobatic freshman swooped and sliced his way to the rim for 14 points.
But he also made sure his teammates were involved, achieving a career-high eight assists.
Ben Sheppard showcased his stardom in the second half
Friday may have been the last time fans saw him in a Belmont uniform.
After logging three points in 10 minutes of action in the first half, he made his presence known in the second.
With 16 points down the stretch, Sheppard was active on offense, attempting to keep the Bruins' afloat in an intense game.
Although Belmont came up short in the end — if it was Sheppard's last game as a Bruin — he showed up.
This article was written by Landen Secrest. Photos by Landen Secrest.