Belmont routs North Florida 83-53

Scott Saunders scored 16 points to lead five Belmont players in

double figures in an 83-53 win over North Florida on Monday

night.

Belmont fell behind in the opening minutes but used a 12-1 run

to take the lead for good at 19-12 with 11:17 remaining in the

first half. The Bruins led 48-30 at halftime and by at least 20

points for the final 10 minutes.

JJ Mann and Mick Hedgepeth each added 13 points, Drew Hanlen had

12 and Brandon Baker 10 for the Bruins (10-5, 3-0 Atlantic Sun

Conference), who have won three in a row and five straight in the

series..

Belmont made 18 of 33 field goal attempts in the first half and

shot 48.4 percent (31 of 64) for the game.

Parker Smith scored 10 points for North Florida (7-8, 1-1),

which scored 85 points or more in its two previous games, both

wins.