When most teams trail by 16 at halftime things may seem a little grim. Belmont isn't most teams when it comes to facing adversity. Rick Byrd's teams find a way to battle back into these games and tonight they used a 63 point second half to get the 96-95 come from behind win.
Indiana State made a late run of their own in the closing minutes because of a few missed free throws by Belmont. Drew Windler hit a pair to but the Bruins up four with 15 seconds and those ended up being the difference.
All five Belmont starters finished in double figures while JJ Mann led them in scoring with 23. The Bruins shot just barely under 60% but a large portion of this win is credited to their free throw shooting. Belmont made made 29 of their 36 free throw attempts. Both teams combined for 53 points from the charity stripe.
Drew Windler finished with 16 points for the Bruins and hit two big threes his second gave his team a 12 point lead with under four minutes to play.
For the Sycamores it was Khristian Smith leading the way off the bench. The back-up guard went 4 of 5 from downtown and finished with 28 points.
Final Thought: Murray State fans are all to familiar with the resiliency Belmont teams seem to have. Last season they came from behind twice in the closing minutes against the Racers, winning the game in the OVC Championship. Earlier this week we saw them nearly come back and steal one from Richmond and tonight we saw them score SIXTY-THREE second half points. Seriously, how does that even happen?
# 13 Memphis 95 Austin Peay 69
Well this one was anticlimactic. The Governors never really stood a chance. The Tigers took a 51-29 lead into the locker room and the Govs were struggling in all aspects.
APSU forward Ed Dyson led his team in scoring with 11 points.
Final Thought: Austin Peay wasn't shocking anyone tonight but I'm sure they got paid well for this 26 point beating and hey, they got to be on ESPN3. So I guess it wasn't all bad. The Governors will play their first real game on Tuesday when they take on SIU.
Tomorrow's OVC Action: (All times central)
UT-Martin vs Rochester 11:00 AM OVCDIGITALNETWORK.COM
Tennessee Tech at Texas Pan American 5:00 PM
Murray State at Old Dominion 6:00 PM
Morehead State at Xavier 7:00 PM FS2 (Game of the night)