Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Ian Clark scored 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, to lead the Belmont Bruins to an 83-76 win over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels in an Ohio Valley Conference showdown at the Curb Event Center.
Blake Jenkins added 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor to help Belmont (14-4, 5-0 OVC) win its fifth straight game. Kerron Johnson scored 15 points.
EKU (14-4, 4-1) got 24 points from Mike DiNunno and 13 from Timmy Knipp as it dropped to third place in the crowded East Division of the OVC. Orlando Williams added 10 points and six assists off the bench.
Belmont controlled the first half by shooting 54.2 percent as it jumped out to a 27-12 lead before heading into the locker room ahead 33-24. Clark and Jenkins missed just one shot between them in the half as they led the way with 11 and nine points, respectively.
EKU took its first lead of the night on a DiNunno triple at the 7:29 mark but Belmont responded, outscoring the Colonels the rest of the way, 18-9. Clark, Jenkins and Johnson all hit 2-of-2 at the foul line in the final minutes.
The Bruins were dominant on the glass, outrebounding EKU 38-19.