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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 16, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McBrayer Arena (6,500) -- Richmond, Kentucky. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Belmont 5-1, EKU 5-1. Away Record: Belmont 5-5, EKU 5-4. Neutral Record: Belmont 2-0, EKU 1-1. Conference Record: Belmont 4-0, EKU 2-2. Series Record: Belmont leads, 3-1.
GAME NOTES: The Ohio Valley Conference East Division-leading Belmont Bruins take their unblemished league mark into McBrayer Arena on Thursday night to face the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.
Belmont is 4-0 in OVC play and 12-6 overall after defeating UT-Martin, 87-72, last Saturday.
Craig Bradshaw led four Bruins in double figures with 22 points, while J.J. Mann added 19 points and five rebounds. Evan Bradds tallied 18 points and five rebounds and Reece Chamberlain had 13 for Belmont, which withstood a second- half run by the Skyhawks to come away with the win.
After senior Drew Windler gave Belmont a 61-39 lead with 12:00 minutes remaining, the Skyhawks went on a 15-2 run that made the score 63-54 with 9:09 left.
However, Bradshaw quickly answered with a 3-point play and the Bruins would lead by double figures the remainder of the way.
Belmont shot 58 percent from the field, including 7-of-14 from 3-point distance, and went 24-of-32 from the free-throw line.
Mann and Bradshaw lead the Bruins in scoring, tallying 16.7 and 15.2 ppg, respectively. Windler also averages double figures for Belmont, which is second in the OVC with 80.6 ppg, thanks in part to 40.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Eastern Kentucky ended a two-game losing streak last time out when the Colonels defeated Morehead State in a 76-65 final. The Colonels held the Eagles scoreless for a 10:51 stretch in the second half, cruising to the win.
Corey Walden led all scorers with 19 points, while Glenn Cosey added 18 points for the Colonels, who have won four of six overall and are 5-1 at home this season.
Cosey leads high-scoring Eastern Kentucky and is third in the OVC with 19 ppg and 4.7 apg. Walden adds 13.4 ppg, while Marcus Lewis (11.6) and Orlando Williams (11.1) round out the double-digit scorers for the Colonels, who shoot 47.9 percent from the field the and average 78.6 ppg.
This will be one of those high-scoring games in the OVC. Belmont has picked up some big wins this season and going to Eastern Kentucky and defeating the Colonels won't rank up there with defeating North Carolina, but it will go a long way in helping Belmont put a stranglehold on the league's East Division.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Belmont 85, Eastern Kentucky 82
01/16 11:09:21 ET
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