BELMONT, N.C -- Jordan Watson hit a go-ahead three-pointer with one second remaining, capping a furious rally that lifted Erskine to a 69-67 victory over Belmont Abbey in men's basketball action Saturday afternoon. His shot culminated a furious rally after the Flying Fleet had trailed by as many as 22 in the second half and by 16 with just over eight minutes remaining.
DeQuan Abrom led four Crusaders in double figures with 19 points, while also adding six rebounds and three assists. Deion Lane registered his fourth double-double of the season (10th career) with 16 points and 10 boards, while Jacob Wilson and ThankGod Avar added 12 and a career-high 10, respectively. Watson led all scorers with 25 points.
Belmont Abbey (7-8, 3-3) went up 58-42 on a three-pointer by Ben Ferguson with 8:06 to play, but Erskine (4-7, 2-3) scored six straight points to trail by just 10, 58-48 at the 6:38 mark. After Wilson hit a three, the Flying Fleet tallied 11 straight points over the next 4:08 to trail by just a bucket, 63-61 with 32 seconds to play. The Crusaders hit free throws around an Erskine three, to lead by three, 67-64 at the 19-second mark, but a layup nine seconds later cut the margin back to one. A missed front end of a one-and-one with nine seconds left allowed the final heroics.
The first half was all Belmont Abbey as it used a 12-0 run early in the contest to turn a 5-4 lead into 17-4. The lead reached 20 just before intermission before a late jumper by Erskine made the score 37-19 at the break.
Belmont Abbey shot just 41.7 percent for the game, including 36.0 in the second half. The Crusaders were outrebounded 42-36, while each team had 13 turnovers.
The Abbey returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Piedmont International in the final non-conference action of the season.