EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Adam Kunkel scored 15 points and Grayson Murphy scored 10 and Belmont beat Eastern Kentucky 60-50 in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
The Bruins play the Austin Peay, Murray State winner on Saturday for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Four Belmont starters scored early, and Michael Bankert's two free throws with 9:16 left before intermission gave the top-seeded Bruins a 20-9 lead. Russhard Cruickshank's three-point play brought the fourth-seeded Colonels with 22-16.
Belmont went to the break up 30-21 and were never threatened in the second half.
Cruickshank scored 15 and Jomaru Brown 12.