E. Tennessee State vs Belmont

Belmont moves into Atlantic Sun final

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MACON, Ga. -- Ian Clark scored 19 points as top-seeded Belmont rallied from an eight-point first-half deficit to beat East Tennessee State 69-61 Friday night in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

The win was the 13th straight for the Bruins, who shot 58.3 percent (14 of 24) after halftime to defeat the Buccaneers for the third time this season.

Down 24-16 at the 5:54 mark and 31-26 at halftime, Belmont (26-7) opened the second half with an 18-4 run to lead 44-35 with 13:14 remaining.

After the Bruins stretched the lead to 12, fourth-seeded ETSU (17-14) closed to 59-56 with 2:55 left. Kerron Johnson hit a 3-pointer and the Bruins maintained a four-point cushion the rest of the way.

Johnson added 12 points for Belmont, which came in ranked third in the NCAA in points per game (81.9)

Adam Solazzo's 16 points led ETSU, which snapped its four-game winning streak.

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E. Tennessee State Buccaneers
L. Poderis, F322-61-28045
I. Brown, F241-41-13153
M. Dubose, G386-113-450015
T. Hubbard, G366-130-282515
A. Sollazzo, G366-164-445416
J. Jones333-50-02117
R. Rembert10-00-00010
Totals 24-559-133892061
 43.6%69.2% 
Belmont Bruins
M. Hedgepeth, F270-24-45034
B. Jenkins, F162-21-72025
D. Hanlen, G363-70-25429
I. Clark, G357-120-044219
K. Johnson, G325-121-204312
J. Mann171-42-21135
S. Saunders131-23-55025
T. Noack112-32-31007
A. Barnes70-00-02100
R. Chamberlain61-20-01013
Totals 22-4613-2528141869
 47.8%52% 
Southern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
ETSU13-323-676
Furman13-420-10101
UNC-Green.12-421-8118
Chattanooga10-519-890
Wofford10-715-15204
Samford7-816-12165
Mercer7-913-16206
W. Carolina3-138-21260
VMI3-136-21318
Citadel2-149-20306

Atlantic Sun
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
FGCU11-222-783
Lipscomb10-318-12163
S.C. Upstate7-617-13214
Kennesaw St.7-613-16268
No. Florida7-612-18238
Jacksonville5-817-13280
Stetson3-1011-19333
N.J. Tech2-1110-19298
 
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Indiana St 48 Final
Wich St 72
PROV 69 Final
ND 75
TNTC 58 Final
MRST 78
Drake 61 Final
CREI 68