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Saunders leads Belmont over Kennesaw State 87-60

Scott Saunders had 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots off the bench to lead Belmont to an 87-60 win over Kennesaw State on Thursday night.

The Bruins (7-2, 2-0 Atlantic Sun Conference) led 39-29 at halftime and extended the lead to 45-29 with 18:41 left.

The Owls used a 12-1 run to get to 46-41 with 15:50 to go. With Belmont leading 59-50, the Bruins went on a 15-0 spurt to put the game away.

Belmont outrebounded the Owls 53-38, including 33-15 in the second half.

Brandon Baker and Drew Hanlen added 11 points apiece for Belmont and J.J. Mann added 10.

The Owls (2-7, 0-1), who have lost seven straight, were led by freshman Brandon Dawson with a career-high 12 points off the bench. Kelvin McConnell added 11 points.

Belmont outshot Kennesaw State from the field 47.1 percent (32 of 68) to 33.3 percent (22 of 65). The Bruins hit 9 of 23 3-pointers.