Clark picks up pace in pursuit of Belmont career scoring mark

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:11am
Staff reports

Ian Clark needs just 196 points to become Belmont’s all-time leading scorer in the NCAA era.

At his current pace, he’ll get there in three weeks.

The senior shooting guard averaged 31 points in two games last week and was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Player of the Week on Monday.

After scoring 30 points against Southeast Missouri State last Thursday, Clark set a career-high with 32 against Tennessee-Martin.

In the latter, he had 24 points by halftime, making all nine shots in the first half. He made 12 of 15 from the field in all and five of eight 3-pointers to help the Bruins improve to 13-4 and 4-0 in league play.

For the week, the Memphis native was 82.8 percent (24-for-29) from the field and 69.2 (9-of-13) from 3-point range.

He is the only OVC player to score 30 points in a game this season and has accomplished the feat three times. Clark leads Belmont with 18.8 points a game. With 1,638 points, he is third behind Justin Hare (1,761) and Wes Burtner (1,833) since the Bruins made the jump to Division I in 1996.

Also collecting accolades for Belmont was Craig Bradshaw, who was named the OVC’s Freshman of the Week. The former Christ Presbyterian Academy standout tied a career-high 11 points against UT-Martin and made all three 3-pointers.