NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Behind 36 points and 20 rebounds from junior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated Morehead State, 108-65, Saturday night.
Belmont set a number of program records, including Windler registering the first 30-20 game the Bruins' NCAA Division I era.
Windler joins Marvin Bagley of Duke and Jo Lual-Acuil of Baylor as the only players in America to register 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game this season.
"Dylan's performance has to rank among the greatest in the history of Belmont Basketball," Belmont head coach Rick Byrd said. "He had a determination and aggressiveness from the opening tip tonight, and his teammates fed off of that."
Given the offensive firworks, Belmont actually missed nine of its first 10 3-point field goal attempts.
But a Windler 3-pointer at the 11:18 mark of the first half ignited a jaw-dropping stretch of play that almost defied description.
The 6-7 swingman showcased an avalanche of driving baskets, 3-pointers and offensive rebound putbacks.
Remarkably, Windler posted a double-double midway through the first half.
Supported by hot-shooting from junior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.), Windler concluded the unforgettable stretch by scoring 11 points in the final 3:54 of the first half.
When the dust settled, Windler had scored 26 points on 11-for-13 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds, in one half.
Belmont led 51-28 at halftime.
Belmont shot 56 percent (20-for-36) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
Windler added a four-point play early in the second half, as the Bruins went on a 15-0 run to lead 66-30 with 16:51 left.
Windler put Belmont over the century mark with 5:39 remaining.
Windler led five Bruins in double figures. Egekeze had 17 points, McClain had 15, while Mercer and senior Tyler Hadden (Cincinnati, Ohio) each scored 13.
Jordan Walker led Morehead State (6-21, 2-14 OVC) with 21 points.
Belmont has won 17 of its last 19 games.
With the victory, Belmont secured a double bye in the 2018 OVC Basketball Championship.
Belmont (22-7, 14-2 OVC) returns to game action Thursday, Feb. 22 at Jacksonville State. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and the ESPN app. 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: Windler established a new Curb Event Center single-game record for rebounds ... He came one shy of the Belmont NCAA Division I era single-game record for rebounds (21, Adam Sonn at UCF, 1/17/02) ... Windler's 36 points were two shy of the Curb Event Center single-game scoring mark (38, Alex Renfroe vs. Jacksonville, 2/28/09) and six shy of the Belmont NCAA Division I era single-game scoring mark (42, Craig Bradshaw at Ohio, 11/29/14) ... Windler's 14 made field goals also established a new Curb Event Center single-game record ... Belmont set a Curb Event Center record with 108 points, the most scored by the team in 17 years (117 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 1/20/01) ... Belmont handed out 25 assists on only six turnovers ... Austin Luke recorded his 37th career game of eight or more assists.