SIU-Edwardsville vs Belmont

Belmont 73, SIU-Edwardsville 43

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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 (9-17)281543
Belmont (23-6) «393473

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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
 33.3%43.8% 
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
 50.9%64.7% 
Ohio Valley
EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Belmont15-123-760
Morehead St.10-614-16200
Jax. State9-720-15151
Tenn. St.8-817-13161
Tenn. Tech8-812-20277
Eastern Ky.5-1112-19248
WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT Martin10-622-13164
SE Missouri St.9-715-18274
Murray St.8-816-17230
Austin Peay7-911-19261
Eastern Ill.6-1014-15265
SIUE1-156-24333
 
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