Belmont beats Kennesaw State 54-39

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KENNESAW, Ga. (AP)—Keaton Belcher scored 12 points and Belmont’s defense held strong against Kennesaw State, winning 54-39 on Friday night to move into first place of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

The Bruins (17-9, 13-4), who won their third straight game, moved ahead of the Jacksonville Dolphins.

Matthew Dotson and Alex Renfroe each scored 11 points for Belmont, which held the Owls (7-19, 3-14) to 28.6 percent shooting from the field (14-for-49) and did not allow one player from Kennesaw State to score in double figures. Dotson had eight rebounds.

Belcher’s 3-pointer with 53 seconds left capped a 10-0 run by the Bruins in the first half to claim a 26-16 lead. Belmont took a 42-24 lead—its largest of the game—with 10:08 left in the second half on Jon House’s free throw to pull away.

Belmont shot 44.4 percent from the field (20-for-45).

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Matthew Dotson Matthew Dotson
5-11,  11 Pts
8 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Kennesaw St.
Jonathan Whipple Jonathan Whipple
2-5,  7 Pts
5 Rebs, 1 Assists

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