MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- Ben Ferguson tallied 17 points and Deion Lane earned his fifth double-double of the campaign, but Belmont Abbey fell short of league co-champion Pfeiffer, 80-62, in the men's basketball regular-season finale Friday night. The Crusaders, picked ninth in the league preseason poll, head to the postseason as the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament with a 14-14, 10-10 record.
Pfeiffer, which won its 13th straight game, shares the league title with Limestone, but is the No. 1 seed at 25-3, 17-13.
Lane finished the contest with 14 points and 11 boards, while Aidan Richard also reached double digits with 10 points. A.J. Clark led five Falcons in double figures with 23 points.
Belmont Abbey stayed with Pfeiffer for much of the contest, limiting it to a season-low for points and a 37.0 shooting percentage. The Crusaders trailed by just five at halftime, 31-26, after holding the Falcons to just 27.8 percent shooting in the period. Lane had eight of his points in the opening period, but Pfeiffer outscored The Abbey 6-2 over the final 2:50 for the lead.
Early in the second half, Belmont Abbey closed to within 33-31, but the Falcons responded with a 12-3 run to push the lead to double-digits. A Lane layup made the difference eight, but back-to-back threes kept the Crusaders at bay.
Belmont Abbey begins its postseason run on Tuesday at No. 4 seed King. Tip-off in Bristol, Tenn., is set for 7 p.m.