The 3-point line has been so good to Belmont, for so long.On this night, it betrayed them.
The Bruins battled through a perplexing off night from behind the arc in dropping an 80-66 decision at Vanderbilt Tuesday night.
Belmont, which ranked fourth nationally in three-point field goals per game (10.6) last season, went just 1-for-18 from long distance in the opening 20 minutes in trailing 36-21 at halftime.
But behind the inspired play of junior Amanze Egekeze
However, Vanderbilt, playing its first home game under head coach Bryce Drew, got an off-balance, 4-point play from Matthew Fisher-Davis to push the margin back to eight points, and stave of the Bruin charge.
Though Belmont outscored Vanderbilt in the paint, 28-24, the Commodores outshot the Bruins from the charity stripe, 31-13 – including 23-for-27 in the second half.
The Bruins committed only nine turnovers inan uptempo game, and claimed 10 offensive rebounds.
But the 9-for-41 numbers from 3-point range told the tale.
Bradds led Belmont with 19 points, while Egekeze scored 18.
Luke Kornet led Vanderbilt with 20 points. Vandy is now 1-1 on the season and looked much better than their showing against Marquette last week.