MACON, Ga. - No. 1 seed Belmont Bruins cruised to their fourth General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Menâ€™s Basketball Championship with a 87-46 victory against No. 6 UNF. The win gives the Bruins 30 wins on the season and an automatic bid to the NCAA championship tournament.
Belmont set an A-Sun record for most victories by an A-Sun team in a season, eclipsing the previous mark of 29 held by both Georgia Southern (2000-01) and College of Charleston (1996-97) and also set a new mark for mar gin of victory in the A-Sun Championship final with their 41-point advantage. The Bruins carry a 12-game win streak, second longest in the nation, into the NCAA tourney, having also won 22 of its last 23 contests.
Leading wire-to-wire, Belmont shot better than 50 percent (36-71) from the field and 45 percent (9-20) from beyond the arc. The Bruins held a 39 to 22 advantage in rebounds, as well.
Tournament MVP Mick Hedgepeth led the way with 23 points, hitting 10-fof-17 from the field and grabbing nine rebounds, both game-highs. Second Team All-Conference member Scott Saunders tallied 15 points and Ian Clark added 10. In all, the Bruins had 11 of 12 players in the game score at least two points.
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The Ospreysâ€™ (14-19) Brad Haugabrook was the only UNF player in double figures with 10 points. Charles McRoy came off the bench to toss in nine points for UNF.
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Clark and Jordan Campbell joined Hedgepeth on the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament team, while UNFâ€™s Jerron Granberry and Andy Diaz also earned the nod. Mercerâ€™s Brian Mills capped out the tournament team.