NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Behind 23 points and 13 rebounds from senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated UT Martin, 82-67, Saturday.
Windler went 8-for-13 from the field and 5-for-10 from 3-point distance in recording his 28th career double-double.
Senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) added 23 points and five assists as Belmont won its fifth consecutive game.
After a back-and-forth first 18 minutes, Belmont scored eight of the final 10 points of the first half, including a Windler 3-pointer that gave the Bruins a 40-32 halftime lead.
A Delfincko Bogan basket got the Skyhawks within 54-46 with 12:23 remaining, but a flurry of Belmont transition offense fueled by freshman point guard Grayson Murphy broke the game open.
Another Windler 3-pointer capped a 25-8 Belmont run and made the score 79-54 with 3:55 left before head coach Rick Byrd emptied the bench.
Belmont shot 50 percent (30-for-60) from the field - including 14-for-35 from 3-point distance.
The Bruins had 25 assists on 30 made field goals, led by Murphy's 11.
Quinton Dove led UT Martin (6-15, 1-9 OVC) with 14 points.
Belmont has won 115 of its last 124 home games and moves into a tie for first-place in the OVC standings.
Belmont (17-4, 8-2 OVC) returns to game action Thursday, Feb. 7 at Eastern Kentucky. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.