BELMONT, N.C. -- Sophomore DeQuan Abrom led three players in double figures with 22 points, while adding five rebounds and a pair of steals, but King used a strong second half to defeat Belmont Abbey 69-61 in men's basketball action Saturday night. The contest marked the final home game for four Crusader seniors -- Deion Lane, Jacob Wilson, Markel Pollard and Richard Medley.
Wilson and Lane were the others in double figures. Wilson tallied 15 points with four boards and two assists, while Lane added 11 points and six rebounds.
Belmont Abbey (10-17, 5-12) held King (17-9, 12-4) to just 21.6 percent shooting (8 of 37) in the first half, but only led 27-24 at the break after hitting just 31.3 percent (10 of 32) of its own.
The Tornado opened the second half on a 16-1 run that had it leading by 12, 40-28 with 15:36 remaining. The margin remaining in double digits until a 9-2 Abbey run cut the score to 65-57 with 1:34 left. From there, King was a perfect four-for-four at the free throw line to preserve the victory.
Belmont Abbey closes its 2017-18 regular season on Tuesday night when it travels to Lees-McRae.