One for the Ages

One for the Ages

MOREHEAD, Ky. - - Behind a career-high 41 points and 12 rebounds from senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.), Belmont University men's basketball defeated Morehead State, 96-86, Saturday.

Windler went 12-for-20 from the field - including 8-for-14 from 3-point distance - and 9-for-11 from the free throw line in his career performance.

"Dylan's game today has to rank among the greatest performances in our program's NCAA Division I era," Belmont head coach Rick Byrd said. "His scoring and shooting were something to behold, but I was every bit as impressed by his defensive effort, rebounding and leadership today, inspiring his teammates for an important conference road win."

In fact, Windler scored 16 points in the final 4:56 of the first half as Belmont led 53-37 at halftime.

His output set a Morehead State conference opponent single-game scoring record and was one point shy of tying Belmont's NCAA Division I era single-game scoring record (42, Craig Bradshaw at Ohio, 11/29/14).

Morehead State got within 78-72 with 4:43 remaining on an A.J. Hicks basket.

But one free throw from senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) and a baseline 3-pointer from Grayson Murphy (Franklin, Tenn.) - off a Windler feed - stretched the margin back to 10.

Windler also had a 36 point-20 rebound game vs. Morehead State last season (2/17/18).

Murphy, McClain and freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) each scored 13 for Belmont.

Hicks led Morehead State (9-16, 5-7 OVC) with 22 points.

Belmont has eight true road wins this season.

Belmont (19-4, 10-2 OVC), which remains in first place in the OVC standings, returns to game action Thursday, Feb. 14 at Tennessee State.

NOTES: Belmont has won six consecutive meetings vs. Morehead State, and holds a 13-2 series advantage ... Windler has 30 career double-doubles, including five this season with 30 or more points ... Windler's 41-point game ranks among the highest scoring games in college basketball this season, only eclipsed by Grant Williams' 43-point performance at Vanderbilt from Tennessee-based programs ... It also marks the highest scoring game from an OVC player this season, eclipsing 40-point games from Nick Mayo and Ja Morant ... Michael Benkert provided a high lift with eight points and several big defensive plays.