NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Behind a career-high 27 points from junior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated Houston Baptist, 93-88, Saturday in the 2K Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project Nashville Subregional.
Junior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 23 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for his fourth consecutive double-double to open the season.
Belmont led 51-33 at halftime and increased the lead to 69-42 with 15:02 left on a McClain driving layin.
From there, the Bruins mysteriously endured a six-minute scoring drought, as open 3-pointers rimmed out and enabled the visiting Huskies to work back into the game.
Philip McKenzie capped a 21-0 Houston Baptist run to make the score 69-63 with 9:09 remaining.
Windler then proceeded to bury a 3-pointer and McClain delivered a tip-in basket to push the margin back to 11, 74-63.
Houston Baptist would tie the score at 75, but consecutive 3-pointers from sophomore Michael Benkert (Greenwood, Ind.) and McClain gave Belmont an 87-82 lead with 1:37 left.
Windler made four consecutive free throws in the final 17 seconds to secure the outcome.
Ian DuBose led Houston Baptist (1-2) with 19 points.
Belmont (3-1) returns to game action Sunday vs. Seattle. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. from the Curb Event Center. The game will be broadcast on OVC Digital Network. The live play-by-play of Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network. In-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.