NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram continues his '15 for 15' countdown with memory No. 4 - the dramtic win at UCLA.
Two years earlier, Belmont defeated Pepperdine behind red-hot shooting, and was hoping the replicate that performance in California at historic Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins had the good fortune of touring the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, which spotlighted the program's rich tradition in men's basketball under John Wooden.
While many Belmont wins over Power 5 conference programs have been fueled by 3-point shooting, this victory was about defense and belief.
The Bruins did not have its typical offensive performance, but strong defense, rebounding and opportunistic play enabled Belmont to stay in the game.
Michael Benkert and Caleb Hollander made significant contributions, but it was truly Kevin McClain's coming out party.
The Jennings, Florida native had 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals, including the game-winning basket with 2.3 seconds remaining.
One of many magical moments in the 2019 season.
"Yes! This time it's the Belmont Bruins! UCLA is dripping with history and tradition, and knowing how much Coach Wooden served as an inspirational figure for Coach Byrd, it meant a lot. That whole trip was amazing. The photo of Kevin's winning bucket is one of my all-time favorites. Belmont faced a lot of adversity in that game from Moose and Dylan having foul trouble, but in typical fashion, Belmont found a way. Having postgame pizza and wings in Beverley Hills after a win at Pauley Pavilion seemed a little surreal. It was cool enough just to play in that venue, but for our guys to win there? (With a nod to Dick Enberg) Oh my."
Throughout July, BelmontBruins.com will unveil Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram's Top 15 memories of the last 15 years - a stretch of unparalleled success for the Belmont program.
Over that span, Belmont has won 358 games, 19 conference championships, earned nine NCAA Tournament bids and garnered national Top 25 poll votes.
Ingram, an award-winning broadcaster who has documented many of the most iconic moments in Belmont history, will share personal reflections with each post in the countdown.
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 14 of the last 15 seasons, including nine berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 19 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 rankings 10 consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 15 consecutive seasons (Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is the only NCAA Division I program to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.