NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kerron Johnson scored 22 points to lead all five Belmont starters in double figures as the Bruins defeated crosstown rival Lipscomb 89-60 in the season opener for both teams.
After Deonte Alexander, who led the Bisons with 14 points, hit a 3-pointer to make it 12-10, the Bruins pulled away. Mann capped a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer en route to a 42-26 halftime lead.
Belmont shot 50 percent for the game (29 of 58) while holding Lipscomb to 38.9 percent (21 of 54) and forcing 25 turnovers.
Lipscomb got within 12 points twice in the second half, but could get no closer in the 131st contest between the schools.
Ben Simmons' versatile game bears a strong resemblance to Draymond Green.
The NBA draft is Thursday night (7 ET, ESPN/WatchESPN), and trade talk is picking up. Chad Ford dishes his latest intel on how the draft will go and which teams will make deals.
Jemele Hill and Michael Smith discuss Tracy McGrady's comments on Ben Simmons' standoffish demeanor. Hill wonders if the "LeBron label" has impacted Simmons for the worse.
|Southeast Missouri State||2-14||8||5-24|