Belmont holds on for 87-84 victory

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP)—Will Peeples scored 20 points and Belmont squandered a 16-point second-half lead before rallying back to beat Gardner-Webb, 87-84, on Thursday night.

Thomas Sanders’ attempt to tie the game at the buzzer for Gardner-Webb was just off the rim and Belmont (9-6) won the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both teams.

Justin Hare scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half for Belmont.

Sanders led Gardner-Webb with a season-high 27 points. He also pulled down 12 rebounds for his ninth game this year with double figure points and ebounds.

Belmont took control early with a 21-3 run to go up 26-15. Belmont eventually stretcheding things to 60-44 on Keaton Belcher’s 3-pointer withi 15:23 to go.

However, Gardner-Webb used a 28-11 run to go ahead 72-71 on Grayson Flittner’s long 3-pointer.

Hare tied the game for Belmont, 76-all, with a 3-pointer of his own.

Gardner-Webb took its last lead, 83-82, before Belmont pulled away for victory.

Sanders’ last-ditch try from the left corner missed off the side of the rim.

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7-13,  20 Pts
6 Rebs, 4 Assists
T. Sanders T. Sanders
11-18,  27 Pts
12 Rebs, 2 Assists

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