Belmont’s Justin Hare hit three 3-pointers in a row to start the scoring in a 72-57 victory Wednesday night over Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR).
Hare finished with 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting to lead the Bruins (7-3), giving coach Rick Byrd his 500th career win. Only 14 other active NCAA coaches have earned 500 wins.
Belmont went 6-of-16 from long distance during the first half for a 30-22 lead at the break and started the second half by scoring nine of its first 11 points on 3-pointers. The Bruins finished the game having hit 11-of-25 of its shots from beyond the arc.
The Trojans (5-6), on the other hand, missed eight straight 3-pointers during one stretch.
Andy Wicke added 18 points for Belmont, with Josh Goodwin scoring 13.
UALR was led by Steven Moore’s 17 points. Rashad Jones-Jennings and Terrance Akins scored 12 points each for the Trojans, with Jones-Jennings’ 10 rebounds giving him a double-double.
“Byrd Looks For No. 500” – Nashville City Paper, December 12, 2006