The Bruins led 36-24 at halftime before the Hilltoppers used a 13-6 run and reduced the deficit to five points on a pair of Josh Anderson foul shots with 16:38 left. But the Bruins responded with an 8-0 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.
Belmont (9-4) begins Ohio Valley Conference play on Thursday when it hosts SIU-Edwardsville.
Western Kentucky (7-5) hosts North Texas on Thursday to kickoff of Conference USA action.
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