BELMONT, N.C. -- Sophomore Ben Ferguson hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 18 seconds remaining, leading Belmont Abbey to an 83-81 come-from-behind victory over Coker Tuesday night in men's basketball action at the Wheeler Center. Five Crusaders topped double figures, led by Jacob Wilson with 16 and Deion Lane with 15. Ferguson and DeQuan Abrom tallied 12 each with Myron Carmon adding 10.
Belmont Abbey (3-2) led by as many as 14 points, 53-39, early in the second half, but Coker stormed back with a 13-1 run to trail just two at the 13:52 mark. The Cobras (2-3) took the lead for the first time in the second half on a basket that made the score 59-58 with 10:31 to play, then extended it to seven 69-62 at the 7:49 mark. The Crusaders answered with five straight points to start an 11-2 run that put the home team back in front, 73-71, capped when Wilson hit a three from the right side.
Coker moved ahead 79-75 on three free throws at the 1:55 mark, but Ferguson canned a three 20 seconds later to bring the Crusaders within one. After a Coker miss, The Abbey went back into the lead on a Markel Pollard layup with 49 seconds to play, only to see Coker answer with a layup of its own with 27 seconds left, setting up the final sequence.
Belmont Abbey had its best shooting half of the young season before intermission, hitting 57.6 percent en route to a 49-39 lead at the break. For the contest, the Crusaders were outshot 52.6 percent to a season-best 51.7 percent and were outrebounded 35-30, but pulled out the victory.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday when it travels across town to face Johnson C. Smith.