COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- J.J. Mann had a career-high 21 points and Belmont bowled over Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee Tech 83-52 Saturday night.
Mann was 7-of-12 shooting and 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Ian Clark also hit five 3-pointers in eight attempts and finished with 19 points. Kerron Johnson had eight points and 10 assists for the Bruins (11-4, 2-0).
Jud Dillard paced Tennessee Tech (6-9, 0-3) with 21 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double this year.
Belmont opened with a 26-3 advantage through the game's first 10 minutes. Mann scored eight points and hit two treys during that span, with Clark capping the run with his second 3-point make with 10:31 left.
The Golden Eagles made 33.3 percent (17 of 51) of their shots, including just 5 of 23 from 3-point range, compared to Belmont's 56.1-percent clip (32 of 57) from the field and 13-of-25 3-point shooting.
Purdue coach Matt Painter says players haven't used the fifth-year graduate transfer rule for its true intent.
The dust has settled after players made their NBA draft decisions. Which college teams won? Which lost? Well, Villanova is pretty happy. USC, meanwhile, might not be as thrilled.
The 2017 recruiting class is short on point guards, with Trevon Duval leading only eight prospects from the ESPN 60 who are still available.
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