Belmont 102, Marist 74

Scott Saunders led five players in double figures with

career-high 24 points Monday and Belmont routed Marist 102-74 in an

NIT Season Tip-Off consolation game.

The Bruins jumped on the Red Foxes from the outset and seldom

let up. It has been that kind of season for the Red Foxes (0-4),

who have been blown out by at least 20 points in each of their

defeats.

From the opening tipoff, Belmont (2-1) scored in spurts of at

least six unanswered points four times in the first 14 minutes,

building a 31-10 lead. The Bruins harassed Marist into 21 turnovers

and took advantage of them for 30 points.

Belmont led 46-19 at halftime and expanded the lead to 36 points

in the second half.

Ian Clark and J.J. Mann each had 12 points for Belmont, while

Jon House and Mick Hedgepeth each added 11.

Sam Prescott came off the bench to lead Marist with 15 points in

22 minutes.