Belmont shuts down Kennesaw State in 88-41 rout

Kerron Johnson had a Belmont record nine steals as the Bruins tied a school-record with 18 in an 88-41 rout of Kennesaw State on Saturday night.

The Bruins (27-4, 19-1 Atlantic Sun Conference) forced 23 turnovers while holding the Owls (8-22, 6-14) to 32.6-percent shooting (14 of 43).

Scott Saunders paced the Bruins with 19 points, making 11 of 12 free throws. Ian Clark added 14 points, Mick Hedgepeth finished with 11 and Blake Jenkins 10 for Belmont, which won by its largest margin since Dec. 2007.

The Bruins trailed 9-8 with 11:20 left in the first half before going on a 27-2 run over the next 10 minutes to break it open.

The Bruins, who tied Kansas for most victories in Division I, held Kennesaw State to 5-of-20 shooting to lead 39-16 at halftime.

Thirteen players saw action for the Owls with Markeith Cummings and Aaron Anderson scoring eight each.