EKU can’t topple Belmont in Music City

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Belmont head coach Rick Byrd earned his 750th win and the Bruins held off Eastern Kentucky 76-72 to claim at least a share of the Ohio Valley Conference title on Thursday night.

Evan Bradds had 25 points and 12 rebounds  Dylan Windler scored 23 and Amanze Egekeze added 10 for the Bruins (19-5, 13-1), who have two games remaining and three-game lead over Morehead State (9-3) which has four games to go.

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Belmont bounced back from an 83-70 loss to Tennessee Tech on Saturday, the Bruins’ first loss after winning 14 straight.

Bradds and Windler made 7 of 8 free throws over a 2 ½-minute stretch to give Belmont a 69-60 lead with 2:39 left. The Colonels (10-18, 3-10) closed within 69-68, but Bradds had a 3-point play with 1:02 left and Belmont made all four free throws in the final 29 seconds.

Asante Gist had 27 points and Nick Mayo scored 26 for Eastern Kentucky.

Byrd has 658 wins since taking over at Belmont in 1986. Before his first game as coach, he noticed the popcorn stand was unattended at the women’s game and took over the stand.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com