Belmont 93, Arkansas St. 60

Ian Clark scored 18 points as Belmont beat Arkansas State 93-60

to take third place in the South region of the NIT Season Tip-Off

on Wednesday night.

Brandon Baker hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Clark added a

third as Belmont (1-1) jumped out to a 9-0 lead that it would never

relinquish. The Bruins used an 8-0 run and an 11-2 run to build

their margin and take a 52-23 halftime lead.

Belmont scored 44 points off the bench, hit 52.6 percent of its

shots, sank 12 3-pointers and led by as many as 35 points in the

second half. Mick Hedgepeth scored 14 points for the Bruins and

Scott Saunders added 11.

Arkansas State’s 20-of-24 shooting at the free throw line

couldn’t overcome a 35.2 percent effort from the floor.

Martavius Adams led the Red Wolves (0-3) with 13 points.