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Belmont Bruins vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Wrap - Belmont Wins 89-61

The battle between Belmont and Eastern Illinois didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Eastern Illinois was handed a 89-61 defeat on Thursday at Lantz Arena.

Belmont was a -14.5-point favorite in the win, and managed to turn a profit for their supporters.

Belmont got 14 points from Ben Sheppard and another 13 points from Mitch Listau. Grayson Murphy contributed 6 assists, while Grayson Murphy cleaned the glass with 7 rebounds.

Eastern Illinois got 15 points from Marvin Johnson in a losing cause and another 11 points from Barlow Alleruzzo IV. Marvin Johnson contributed 8 assists for them, while Madani Diarra had 11 rebounds.

Belmont was winning at the break before taking care of business in the second half.

Belmont had a 36-35 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.

Belmont heads into a battle against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Eastern Illinois, meanwhile, will have their next action against Tennessee State.