WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Scott Saunders led five players in double figures with career-high 24 points Monday and Belmont routed Marist 102-74 in an NIT Season Tip-Off consolation game.
The Bruins jumped on the Red Foxes from the outset and seldom let up. It has been that kind of season for the Red Foxes (0-4), who have been blown out by at least 20 points in each of their defeats.
From the opening tipoff, Belmont (2-1) scored in spurts of at least six unanswered points four times in the first 14 minutes, building a 31-10 lead. The Bruins harassed Marist into 21 turnovers and took advantage of them for 30 points.
Belmont led 46-19 at halftime and expanded the lead to 36 points in the second half.
Sam Prescott came off the bench to lead Marist with 15 points in 22 minutes.