Belmont men's basketball uses strong second half to shake Redhawks

Southeast Missouri State fifth-year senior Quatarrius Wilson

Southeast lost to Belmont for the ninth consecutive time Thursday, 89-64, at the Show Me Center.

The defeat is the third straight Ohio Valley Conference loss for the Redhawks (4-12, 0-3).

Southeast battled Belmont (11-5, 2-1) to a four-point halftime deficit, trailing the Bruins 40-36.

The game quickly got away from Southeast in final 20 minutes as Belmont outscored coach Rick Ray's team, 49-28.

Belmont's Tyler Scanlon led all scorers with 21 points.

Adam Kunkel, Nick Muszynski and Caleb Hollander were all in double figures for the winners, with 14, 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Belmont, which has never lost to the Redhawks, shot 79 percent from the field in the second half.

The Bruins lead the OVC in scoring, averaging 81 points per contest.

Oscar Kao, the 6-foot junior from Taiwan, led the Redhawks with 15 points. Sage Tolbert, Alex Caldwell and Quatarrius Wilson also registered in double figures with 11, 11 and 10 points respectively.

Junior Darrious Agnew missed his third straight game for Southeast with a knee injury. Agnew has undergone surgery that will keep him out of action for an estimated 2-3 weeks.

The loss drops fifth-year coach Rick Ray to 47-92 overall at Southeast.

Tennessee State, the current OVC leader (10-6, 2-1) is the Redhawks' next opponent. The Tigers lost to Tennessee-Martin Thursday, 87-74.

The two teams tipoff at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Show Me Center.

Belmont4049 -- 89
Southeast3628 -- 64

Belmont (89) -- Tyler Scanlon 21, Adam Kunkel 14, Nick Muszynski 14, Caleb Hollander 13, Grayson Murphy 7, Nick Hopkins 6, Seth Adelsperger 5, EJ Bellinger 4, Ben Sheppard 3, Michael Benkert 2. FGs 38, FT 4-6, F 15 (3-pointers: Scanlon 3, Kunkel 2, Hopkins 2, Hollander, Adelsperger. Fouled out: none.)

Southeast (64) -- Oscar Kao 15, Sage Tolbert 11, Alex Caldwell 11, Quatarrius Wilson 10, DQ Nicholas 8, Jordan Love 4, Isaiah Gable 3, Skyler Hogan 2. FGs 24, FT 14-16, F 12 (3 pointers: Kao, Gable. Fouled out: none.)

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