SIU-Edwardsville vs Belmont

Belmont 73, SIU-Edwardsville 43


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Blake Jenkins scored 17 points with 11 rebounds as Belmont trounced Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 73-43 Wednesday night to secure its fourth consecutive regular-season conference championship and first Ohio Valley Conference title.

The Bruins (23-6, 13-2), who were Atlantic Sun Conference champions from 2010-2012, also clinched the No. 1 seed in the OVC tournament.

Belmont led 28-9 early, but the Cougars (9-17, 5-10) closed to 39-28 at halftime and made it 41-33 with 18:58 remaining. The Bruins then held the Cougars to one basket and two free throws over the next 17 minutes to lead 70-37.

SIU Edwardsville shot 18.2 percent (4 of 22) in the second half with 11 turnovers in dropping its fourth straight game.

Ian Clark added 14 points, Trevor Noack 13 and JJ Mann 11 for Belmont, which has won 19 consecutive home games for the nation's third-longest active streak.

Kris Davis led the Cougars with 19 points.

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SIU-Edwardsville Cougars
M. Yelovich, F262-80-05144
D. Shaffer, F141-40-03032
K. Davis, G376-134-532119
M. Messer, G330-30-31250
T. Johnson, G295-80-020213
R. Lester200-31-43221
R. Reed200-11-23021
C. Joy131-50-03002
K. Heck40-00-01000
Z. Schneider30-01-20001
M. Birts10-00-00000
Totals 15-457-162471943
Belmont Bruins
B. Jenkins, F256-114-4110117
I. Clark, G306-111-143114
J. Mann, G263-64-661111
K. Johnson, G253-72-22429
T. Noack, G245-70-250213
R. Chamberlain161-30-01112
C. Bradshaw140-10-01110
B. Baker91-10-02142
J. Laidig81-30-01122
C. Lang70-10-01010
A. Barnes60-00-20220
H. Mobley51-10-02013
S. Turner50-10-00000
Totals 27-5311-1739141973
Ohio Valley
EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Tenn. St.11-520-11148
Tenn. Tech11-519-11134
Morehead St.11-523-14127
Eastern Ky.6-1015-16210
Jax. State4-128-23309
WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT Martin10-620-15212
Murray St.10-617-14169
Eastern Ill.9-713-17271
Austin Peay7-918-18189
SE Miss. St.2-145-24342
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MICH 78 Final
PSU 84
GTOWN 79 Final
VT 58 Final
USF 44 Final
OKST 64 Final
TCU 47
STJOE 53 Final
STL 70
LOU 79 Final
DEP 58
ARIZ 78 Final
USC 89
SDSU 60 Final