Belmont 86, Florida Gulf Coast 63

Ian Clark scored 17 points, dished out six assists and led six

players in double figures as Belmont beat Florida Gulf Coast 86-63

Saturday.

All five starters scored more than 10 for the Bruins, with Drew

Hanlen adding 14 points, Kerron Johnson 12 and Mick Hedgepeth and

Blake Jenkins 11 each. Scott Saunders came off the bench to score

13 for Belmont (19-7, 11-2 Atlantic Sun Conference)

The Bruins led 38-32 at halftime and opened the second half on a

16-6 run. Scott Saunders’ three-point play capped the spurt, in

which the Bruins went 3 of 5 from 3, for a 54-38 advantage with

14:51remaining.

Belmont was 30 of 60 from the field in its sixth straight

win.

Florida Gulf Coast (12-13, 7-7), which shot 37.9 percent from

the field (22 of 58) and 28.6 percent from 3-point range (6 of 21),

was led by Christophe Varidel’s 11 points.