NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)Ben Sheppard’s 25 points helped Belmont defeat Illinois-Chicago 98-71 on Saturday.

Sheppard shot 8 for 14 (3 for 6 from 3-point range) and 6 of 7 from the free throw line for the Bruins (18-9, 11-5 Missouri Valley Conference). Cade Tyson scored 19 points, shooting 5 for 8 (3 for 4 from 3-point range) and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Drew Friberg recorded nine points and finished 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Jalen Jackson led the way for the Flames (10-17, 2-14) with 21 points and four steals. Filip added 13 points and two steals for UIC. Jaden Brownell also had 12 points and three blocks.

Belmont led 51-37 at halftime, with Sheppard racking up 18 points.

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