NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ian Clark scored 18 points and Belmont clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season title with a 68-58 victory over East Tennessee State on Thursday night.
Scott Saunders added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Bruins (24-4, 16-1), who have won six consecutive games and also secured the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament by sweeping the second-place Buccaneers (19-10, 14-4) this season.
ETSU led by as many as nine points in the first half and 31-24 at halftime, but Belmont took a 40-38 lead with a 16-4 run and outscored the Buccaneers 44-27 in the second half.
Belmont outrebounded ETSU 44-28 and committed only three second-half turnovers (13 total) to offset shooting a season-low 32.7 percent from field (17 of 52) in the game.
Justin Tubbs, Mike Smith and Isiah Brown scored 14 points each to lead ETSU.