Belmont shows no signs of Carolina hangover, sweeps Battle of the Boulevard

It seems reasonable to assume that Belmont’s confidence increased close to 10 times after its victory at North Carolina on Sunday.

Now it’s mathematical to think the same thing.

As a follow-up to their groundbreaking victory over one of college basketball’s most successful programs, the Bruins routed rival Lipscomb by 30 points (94-64) Wednesday. That was nearly 10 times their margin of victory over the Bisons in the season opener (87-83) fewer than two weeks earlier.

J.J. Mann, the hero of the North Carolina victory, scored 17 points and was one of five Belmont players in double figures. Freshman Evan Bradds had a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds.

J.C. Hampton had a team-high 16 points for Lipscomb. Malcolm Smith added 14 points and eight rebounds.

With this season’s Battles of the Boulevard complete and the victory over North Carolina in the books, the next big game on Belmont’s schedule is Dec. 21 at Kentucky. In between, the Bruins have eight games beginning with this weekend’s Hall of Fame Tip-Off in Uncasville, Conn.