NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Behind a career-high 32 points from senior Amanze Egekeze (Lake in the Hills, Ill.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated Milwaukee, 82-63, Wednesday night.
Following break for semester exams, the Bruins rode the all-court play of Egekeze in a wire-to-wire win over the visiting Panthers.
Egekeze scored Belmont's first 10 points as the Bruins claimed an early six point lead.
A Bryce Nze 3-pointer tied the score at 24 before consecutive triples from freshman Nick Hopkins (Fayetteville, Tenn.) pushed Belmont to a 32-26 halftime lead.
Belmont limited Milwaukee to 29 percent shooting in the first half.
Egekeze hit a trio of 3-pointers in the first 4:47 of the second half as Belmont increased its lead to 14, 48-34, with 15:13 left.
Junior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) made his presence felt on both ends, contesting Milwaukee shots and working Belmont to the free throw line.
An end-of-shot clock 3-pointer from Luke made the score 62-50, and the Bruins scored 11 of the final 13 points.
Egekeze, who had a double-double of 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in last year's victory at Milwaukee, added 11 rebounds.
Windler posted his eighth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Hopkins added 12.
Jeremiah Bell led Milwaukee (6-5) with 20 points.
Belmont (6-5) returns to game action Saturday, Dec. 16 vs. Pepperdine. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT from the Curb Event Center.
NOTES: Belmont is 95-7 in its last 102 home games … Egekeze's previous career-high was 26 points (vs. Jacksonville State, 1/19/17) … Luke is two assists shy of passing Kerron Johnson ('13) for Belmont's NCAA Division I era career assist mark (515) … Hopkins tallied his fifth double figure scoring game … Milwaukee won at Iowa State earlier this season … Belmont head coach Rick Byrd passes E.A. Diddle for 15th on the NCAA career victories list (760).