NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) J.J. Mann scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and Craig Bradshaw finished with 20 points as Belmont pulled away from Eastern Illinois for an 82-63 win Thursday night.
Reece Chamberlain had a career-high 11 assists while Drew Windler scored 16 points and Blake Jenkins added 15 in the win.
Belmont (21-8, 12-2), which stayed atop the Ohio Valley Conference’s East Division with the win, took a 37-31 advantage into halftime and scored 11 of the first 15 points in the second half to open up a 48-35 lead with 16:49 to play. The Panthers never got closer than down eight the rest of the way.
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The Bruins made 16 of 25 field goals in the second half and converted 13 of 25 from 3-point range for the game.
Sherman Blanford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Eastern Illinois (9-18, 6-9).