BELMONT, N.C. -- Jacob Wilson scored a season-high 23 points and Deion Lane added a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds, lifting Belmont Abbey to a 75-69 men's basketball victory over North Greenville Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action. With the win, The Abbey improves to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Myron Carmon broke a 65-65 tie with a three-pointer with 4:05 left, sparking an 8-2 run that made the score 73-67 at the 2:34 mark. Each team only hit a pair of free throws in the remaining time, marking a span of just one field goal in the final 5:58 for North Greenville (3-6, 0-3).
Belmont Abbey opened the game on an 8-0 run and led by as many as 14 in the opening period, but found itself only up 25-24 with six minutes remaining. However, a second 8-0 spurt pushed a three-point lead back to double digits, 37-26, before a late three-pointer made the score 37-29 at the break.
North Greenville opened the second half with nine straight points to take its first lead, 38-37, but Wilson ended the drought with a three-pointer with 16:41 to play. He hit another trey just under two minutes later to reverse a 44-42 deficit, before the teams battled with no more than a three-point difference until BAC's final run.
Neither team shot well from the field with Belmont Abbey hitting a season-low 40.3 percent, but also holding North Greenville to 36.1 percent, lowest by an opponent this year. The Abbey made up for it at the line, though, hitting 18 of 22 for 81.8 percent, and holding a 45-44 rebounding advantage.
Belmont Abbey returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Lenoir-Rhyne from a non-conference affair.