KENNESAW, Ga. - - Behind impressive defense and rebounding and balanced scoring, Belmont men's basketball defeated Kennesaw State, 90-50, Thursday night to secure an Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship.
Though Kennesaw State had taken their last four opponents to the wire, the Bruins, who clicnhed at least a share of the conference regular season championship Monday, took little time in seizing command.
Senior Drew Hanlen (St. Louis, Mo.) capped a 17-0 Belmont run midway through the first half to give the Bruins a 28-6 lead with 8:03 left in the first half.
The Bruins shot 59 percent from the field in the first half - including 6-for-12 from three-point distance. Belmont held Kennesaw State to 6-for-27 shooting while committing only three turnovers.
All told, Belmont shot 61 percent (34-for-56) from the field - including 11-for-20 from three-point distance. All 13 Bruins who played scored in the game.
Markeith Cummings and Mirza Sabic each scored 15 points for Kennesaw State (3-27, 0-17 Atlantic Sun).
The Bruins have won three consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championships and five in the last seven years.
Belmont (23-7, 15-2 Atlantic Sun) returns to action Saturday, Feb. 25 at Mercer. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. CT.
The live play-by-play of Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network and 104.5 The Zone. Live video streaming will be available via ASun.TV.