Windler scored 20 consecutive points in a key stretch late in the game and finished with 33.
Mike Organ, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
For the second time in three years Belmont has a player who is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.
Dylan Windler, a 6-foot-8 senior, made the final 10 candidates list released Wednesday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield is also a finalist.
Windler will lead Belmont (17-4, 8-2 OVC) against host Eastern Kentucky (10-13, 3-7) Thursday (6:30 p.m.).
In 2016-17 Belmont’s Evan Bradds was a finalist for the award.
Belmont’s Dylan Windler is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. (Photo: Belmont Athletics)
Windler is one of just five NCAA Division I players averaging at least 19.0 points and 10 rebounds per game. He currently averages 19.3 points and 10.1 rebounds.
He has 28 career double-doubles, including four this season with 30 or more points.
Windler has been a part of 84 victories in his three-plus seasons, including Power 5 wins over UCLA, Georgia and Vanderbilt.
He ranks eighth on the school’s NCAA Division I era career scoring list with 1,391 points.
Bradds, who is now on the Boston Celtics coaching staff, averaged 20.0 points and 8.4 rebounds his senior year.
He also has 28 career double-doubles and is Belmont’s NCAA Division I era career scoring leader with 1,921 points.
In March, five finalists will be presented to Erving and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee and the 2019 winner of the Julius Erving Award will be presented at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles on April 12.
Joining Windler and Schofield on the list: Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga; Marial Shayok, Iowa State; Keldon Johnson, Kentucky; Charles Matthews, Michigan; Caleb Martin, Nevada; Tres Tinkle, Oregon State; KZ Okpala, Stanford and De’Andre Hunter, Virginia.
Lipscomb eyes third straight 20-win season
Not only did Lipscomb extend its win streak to the longest in its NCAA Division I era history by crushing North Florida 92-55 Wednesday night, the Bisons set the stage for another big accomplishment on Saturday.
The victory over the Ospreys was Lipscomb’s 10th straight. It matched the win streak the Bisons put together in in 2000-01 the year before they became a full-fledged NCAA Division I program.
It also was the 19th win of the season with only four losses. One more victory will mark the third consecutive year Lipscomb has had 20 wins.
That would be the most consecutive 20-win seasons since the Bisons posted 17 straight from 1984-2001, 16 which came under legendary coach Don Meyer and two under coach Scott Sanderson.
The Bisons return to Allen Arena Saturday to play Jacksonville at 4 p.m. They beat Jacksonville 77-74 on Jan. 5 in the first Atlantic Sun Conference game.
Jacksonville improved to 11-4, 4-6 Wednesday by beating Kennesaw State 82-73.
Lipscomb, which received Associated Press Top 25 votes this week, also stretched its win streak over conference opponents to 18 games back to last season.
The 37-point win over North Florida was Lipscomb’s biggest in its A-Sun history.
The Bisons have won their last four conference games by an average margin of 25.5 points.
Garrison Mathews, a senior from Franklin, was named the A-Sun player of the week this week for the 12th time in his career and the sixth time this season.
He has averaged 25.0 points over the last six games.
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Maggard closing in on 3-point records
Belmont senior Darby Maggard is closing in top 10 NCAA Division I all-time 3-point leaders.
Maggard has 384 career 3-pointers heading into Thursday’s game at Eastern Kentucky (4 p.m.).
She is currently ranked 13th on the all-time. Tied for 11th is Dawn Evans (James Madison, 2008-11) and Shoni Schimmel (Louisville, 2011-14) with 387 and at 10th is Jaleesa Ross (Fresno State, 2008-11) with 389.
Maggard is averaging 3.2 3-pointers per game, which is ranked 18th nationally.
She also needs nine more 3s to set the OVC record, currently held by Heather Butler (UT-Martin, 2011-14) at 392.
Four teams from state in top 100
Lipscomb and Belmont are among five men’s basketball teams from Tennessee ranked in the top 100 in the NCAA’s NET ranking (replaced the RPI) through Wednesday’s games.
Lipscomb is No. 32 and Belmont is No. 63.
The other teams are No. 4 Tennessee, 65 East Tennessee State and 69 Memphis.
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