NASHVILLE -- The Belmont men’s basketball team recorded 55 first-half points en route to a 93-74 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Morehead State on Thursday evening at Curb Event Center.
The Bruins improve to 18-4 overall, 9-0 in league action and 9-0 at home with their ninth consecutive win, while the Eagles slip to 11-12 on the campaign, 5-4 in conference play and 3-9 on the road.
“This one is hard to explain,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “Belmont is the best team in our league right now and you have to give them a lot of credit, but I’m disappointed with how we played tonight.”
Belmont, which has won at least 20 contests in seven of the last nine years, improves to 2-0 in the all-time series. The Bruins have also won 16 straight affairs and 37 of their last 38 at home.
Belmont canned 54 percent (14-of-26) from the floor and 89 percent (23-of-26) from the free-throw line before the break. The Bruins also forced 15 first-half turnovers on their way to 18 points.
Belmont drilled 53 percent (26-of-49) from the field and 81 percent (35-of-43) from the charity stripe for the game. Morehead State wrapped up the tilt with 24 miscues, while Belmont committed just 13.
“We didn’t execute the game plan tonight,” Woods said. “We didn’t show any mental or physical toughness against a quality team on their home floor, and we weren’t mentally or physically ready.”
Senior Kerron Johnson paced four BU players in double figures with a career-high-tying 25 points and seven steals. He swished 19-of-21 free-throw attempts, including 14-of-14 before halftime.
Sophomore Angelo Warner led four MSU players in double figures with 16 points. Juniors Bakari Turner and Drew Kelly contributed 14 apiece, while senior Devon Atkinson registered 10.
The Eagles were called for 31 fouls on the night, while the Bruins committed just 22 infractions.
Belmont grabbed control of the tilt with a 10-0 run, which concluded less than seven minutes in. The Bruins, who never trailed again, pushed the lead to a game-high 24 points with 4:14 to play.
Morehead State did manage a 35-27 rebounding advantage. The Eagles are now +108 in that department over the last 10 contests. Senior Kahlil Owens paced MSU with eight boards.
The Eagles continue conference play on Saturday when they travel to Jacksonville State for a 5:30 p.m. ET contest. Live video, audio and statistics will be available on MSUEagles.com.
“I thought we were turning the corner after last weekend, but this embarrassment shows we still have a lot of work to do,” Woods added. “We have to put this one behind us and get ready for Saturday.”