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The men’s basketball team steamrolls Carson-Newman 105-56

The men’s basketball team rolled past the Carson-Newman Eagles Wednesday night, beating them 105-56 in the teams’ first face off since 1992.

Belmont came out struggling, with Carson-Newman taking an early 7-4 lead. But the Bruins quickly recovered momentum, going on a 21-2 scoring run to take a comfortable 46-22 lead at halftime.

By the start of the second half, Belmont settled into a groove, steadily increasing its lead over Carson-Newman.

Belmont’s dominance in Wednesday’s game gave some of the younger Bruins space to shine.

Ben Sheppard led the team in scoring with 22 points, which marked a career high for the freshman. Freshman Mitch Listau and sophomore Tate Pierson also earned career scoring highs with 11 and 12 points respectively.

Men's Basketball vs Carson-Newman University

On top of that, Listau led the team with 8 assists, another career high.

The Eagles struggled to convert against the Bruin defense, with Belmont out-rebounding them 53-30 and Carson-Newman only averaging 29 percent in field goals and 25 percent from behind the 3-point line.

The Bruins, on the other hand, made 56 percent of their field goals — the highest percentage so far this season — and 46 percent of their 3-point shots.

Wednesday’s win was the third in a row for the Bruins, with only three non-conference games remaining before Ohio Valley Conference play kicks off at the start of 2020.

Belmont improves its record to 7-3 and will face Kennesaw State on Wednesday Dec. 18 in the Curb Event Center for the team’s last home game of 2019.

Photos by Bronte Lebo.

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