EVANSVILLE, Ind. - - Behind a career-high 32 points from senior Amanze Egekeze (Lake in the Hills, Ill.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated Austin Peay, 94-79, Friday night in the 2018 OVC Basketball Championship semifinal round.
Egekeze, made his first nine 3-point field goal attempts of the game, including eight straight in the first 11 minutes of the second half.
He ended the night 10-for-12 from the field, tying the OVC Tournament single-game record for 3-point field goals made, one shy of the Belmont program record.
Senior Austin Luke (Rowlett, Texas) had 18 points, a career-high tying 13 assists, and five rebounds, while junior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) had his 15th double-double of the season with 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
Senior Tyler Hadden (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 14 points, all in the first half.
Belmont scored the first 13 points of the game, holding the Governors scoreless the first 4:46.
Austin Peay closed within 34-30 on a Terry Taylor basket before Belmont ended the half on an 11-4 run.
Belmont led 45-34 at halftime.
Belmont shot 64 percent (18-for-28) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
Austin Peay got as close as 64-56 with 13:35 left, but Egekeze's ninth consecutive 3-pointer pushed the lead back to 16.
Taylor led Austin Peay (18-14) with 25 points.
Belmont (24-8) returns to game action Saturday, March 3 vs. Murray State in the OVC Championship Game. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and the ESPN app. 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.