Belmont routs Eastern Illinois 80-49

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) -- Trevor Noack and J.J. Mann scored 21 apiece to lead Belmont in a 80-49 rout over Eastern Illinois on Wednesday night.

Noack was 8 of 10 from the field and grabbed six rebounds. Mann was 7 for 10 including three 3-pointers and pulled five rebounds. Each was 4 for 4 from the free-throw line for Belmont (21-6, 12-2 Ohio Valley), which was 12 of 13 from the line on the game and shot 60 percent from the field in the first half while outscoring the Panthers 42-20.

The Bruins led by as many as 37 points mid-way through the second half.

Sherman Blanford had 14 points and five rebounds to lead Eastern Illinois (8-20, 5-10), which shot only 31.9 percent from the floor. Malcolm Herron scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Alex Austin chipped in with 10 points.

The Bruins have won eight of their last 10 contests.

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