Hard Work Rewarded

Hard Work Rewarded

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball junior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been named OVC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Windler averaged 15.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocked shots per game this past week as Belmont recorded arguably its most significant non-conference week of the Bruins' NCAA Division I era, defeating 2017 NCAA Tournament teams Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee, as well as Houston Baptist and Seattle to claim the 2K Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project Nashville Subregional championship.

Windler began the week with a career-high 24 points, 11 rebounds and two steals vs. Vanderbilt, Belmont's fourth victory over the SEC. He had 23 points, a career-high tying 14 rebounds and five assists in the victory over Houston Baptist. Windler also notched a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds at Middle Tennessee.

Defensively, Windler held Vanderbilt's Matthew Fisher-Davis without a made field goal and Conference USA Preseason Preseason Player of the Year Giddy Potts of Middle Tennessee to two made field goals.

The 6-7 swingman had double-doubles in each of the Bruins' first four games.

Windler ranks among NCAA leaders in rebounding and field goal percentage.

Belmont (4-1) received an Associated Press Top 25 poll vote this week, marking seven out of the last eight years the Bruins have received national poll votes.

Belmont returns to game action Wednesday at Providence.