NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball recently completed a successful tour of Portugal.
The NCAA allows men's basketball programs to take a foreign tour every four years, and the Bruins took full advantage of the opportunity for additional practice, team bonding and game action under first-year head coach Casey Alexander.
Belmont went undefeated in three games, winning by an average margin of victory of 21 points.
Belmont's Casey Alexander on team's trip to Portugal:— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) August 21, 2019
Standout: Grayson Murphy. "Controlled the game on offense."
Surprise: "The new 3-point line bothered us. We were 30-90 in 3 games. Bad by our standards."
Learned: "Quality depth and a lot of moveable parts."
Team notes & statistical highlights:
- Sophomore Grayson Murphy (Franklin, Tenn.) averaged a double-double in rebounds & assists
- Sophomore Caleb Hollander (Nashville, Tenn.) led Belmont in scoring
- Freshman Rilee Epley (Newburgh, Ind.) led Belmont in field goal percentage
- Junior Nick Hopkins (Fayetteville, Tenn.) scored a team-high 17 points on five 3-point field goals vs. Lisbon All-Stars
- Grad transfer Tyler Scanlon (Centreville, Va.) was one assist shy of a triple-double vs. Belem Select
- Sophomore Adam Kunkel (Hebron, Ky.) shot over 50 percent from the field and 3-point distance for the trip
- Sophomore Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) averaged 16 points per game on 67 percent shooting
Coach Alexander Quotes:
- "The Portugal trip was a great experience for everyone in our program. We're grateful for the opportunity to go and excited about the opportunity to accelerate our starting point for the season. The primary purpose of the trip was the educational component, but it allowed us to come together as one unit and now all of us have a better understanding of where we are and where we need to go from here. I was pleased with the way we played and with our competitive nature. I saw a lot of improvement from the first game to the last. We'll jump right into strength & conditioning now that school has started and we'll ease our way back into basketball-related activities. It's a long season so we don't want to do too much too soon."