NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Behind a career-high 31 points from junior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated Austin Peay, 83-59, Saturday.
Windler went 11-for-16 from the field - including 7-for-9 from 3-point distance - and added eight rebounds and five assists in an inspiring all-around performance.
With senior Austin Luke (Rowlett, Texas) and Austin Peay post man Averyl Ugba nursing early foul trouble, neither team could find an offensive rhythm.
A 3-pointer from freshman Nick Hopkins (Fayetteville, Tenn.) gave Belmont a 31-26 halftime lead.
Windler made two deep 3-pointers in the opening 1:10 of the second half to spark a flurry of Bruin offense.
Belmont made eight of its first nine shots from behind the arc to start the start half.
A Hopkins 3-pointer capped a 30-8 Belmont run and made the score 71-43 with 6:54 remaining.
Off a Luke steal, Windler punctuated his career day with an alley oop slam to give Belmont an 80-53 advantage.
Belmont shot 66 percent from the field in the second half, as five Bruins scored in double figures.
Steve Harris led Austin Peay (10-10, 5-3 OVC) with 20 points.
Belmont has won 10 of its last 11 games.
Belmont (15-6, 7-1 OVC) returns to game action Thursday, Jan. 25 vs. Eastern Illinois. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from the Curb Event Center. The game will be broadcast on OVC Digital Network. The live play-by-play of the Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network. In-game updates will be available via Twitter @BelmontMBB.
NOTES: Belmont has won six of the last seven meetings vs. Austin Peay ... Mercer continued his fine play, with 10 points off the bench ... Despite foul trouble, Luke handed out nine of his game-high 10 assists in the second half ... McClain had 12 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists ... Belmont outrebounded Austin Peay, 34-30, and outscored the Govs, 34-32, in points in the paint ... Belmont handed out 21 assists on 31 made field goals ... Hopkins had his eighth double figure scoring game.
Final Austin Peay 59 @BelmontMBB 83 Windler 31-8-5— Belmont Basketball (@BelmontMBB) January 21, 2018