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Coming Up Big

Coming Up Big

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) has been named OVC Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

The 6-11 center averaged 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game on 68 percent shooting this past week as Belmont defeated Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State.

Muszynski flirted with a triple-double vs. Morehead State, before finishing with a career-high 20 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots on 8-for-11 shooting. He added 14 points and nine rebounds vs. Eastern Kentucky.

He also ranks among OVC leaders in six statistical categories.

In addition, the Pickerington, Ohio native ranks third nationally among freshmen in blocked shots per game (2.47) and fifth in field goal percentage (.565).

This marks Muszynski's third OVC Freshman of the Week award; he was also honored Nov. 19 and Dec. 10.

Belmont (12-3) returns to game action Thursday at Jacksonville State.

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 12 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 13 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.