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Bulger's Beat: Fan singing Miley Cyrus helps seal big Belmont win

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Charles Van Dyke Charles Van Dyke
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Rick Byrd Rick Byrd
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The Belmont Bruins basketball team is getting national praise after its 83-80 upset win over traditional powerhouse North Carolina.

While the players and coaches deserve all the credit, a big assist came from a singing fan in the stands.

As Belmont's J.J. Mann made the big shots on the court, a Belmont fan in the stands with an affinity for Miley Cyrus distractions helped seal the victory.

Miley's performances on stage have made some people cringe, and Charles Van Dyke's singing her song made a basketball player cringe, too.

"What can I yell to make him miss this free throw?" Van Dyke asked.

From the crowd, hoping to distract the other team's free throw shooters, Van Dyke sang his heart out, loud enough to even be heard on the nationwide ESPNU broadcast.

"I came in like a wrecking ball," he sang from a recent Miley Cyrus song, as a North Carolina player missed a free throw.

And in a close game, every point matters.

"That guy basically saved us a point, and we needed every point we could get," Mann said.

For 28-year veteran head coach Rick Byrd, beating the Tar Heels at the Dean Smith Center was a milestone, if not a "Miley-stone."

"I'm sorry to say this, if it hurts anyone's feelings, but I wouldn't know a Miley Cyrus song if it hit me in the head. I heard him say something about a wrecking ball, so I guess that's the song. I still don't know what it is," Byrd said.

It was a perfect win, if not on perfect pitch, for a school devoted to music.

"It was exciting to be there and take just a tiny bit of credit," Van Dyke said.

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