Three-Point Barrage Lifts Crusaders to Best Conference Start

Three-Point Barrage Lifts Crusaders to Best Conference Start

BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey hit 18 three-pointers, including 12 in the first half, and four players topped double figures, lifting the Crusaders to a 101-94 Conference Carolinas victory over Erskine Thursday night at the Wheeler Center. With the win, The Abbey improves to 11-3 overall, 5-0 in league play -- its best in school history.

DeQuan Abrom tallied 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Ben Ferguson also tallied seven boards to go along with 24 points. He hit eight treys to climb into third place on the career triples list.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In addition to Abrom and Ben Ferguson, Romeao Ferguson chipped in 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Sean Halloran added 10 points and six helpers.
  • Belmont Abbey shot 50.0 percent from the field overall (31 of 62), but converted 56.3 percent from behind the arc (18 of 32). The Flying Fleet became the third opponent to top 50 percent against the Crusaders, making 37 of 69 attempts (53.6 percent), while also hitting 57.1 percent from distance.
  • Erskine (3-6, 0-3) posted five players in double figures, led by Tyler Brevard's 27.
  • Belmont Abbey led by as many as five in the first five minutes but held a slim 24-22 advantage at the 10:14 mark of the opening period. From there, runs of 7-0 and 9-0 around a Flying Fleet layup stretched the margin to 16, 40-24 at the 5:57 mark.
  • The biggest margin of the game was 17, 53-36 before Erskine closed on a 7-2 spurt to trail by 12, 55-43 at the break.
  • In the second half, the Flying Fleet closed to within five, 63-58, by the 15:07 mark, but an 11-2 run sent the difference back to 15, 77-62 by the midway point.
  • Erskine hit back-to-back threes to turn a 12-point margin to six with 21 seconds left, but Romeao Ferguson and Halloran each hit two free throws in the remaining time to preserve the win. 
  • With his eight threes, Ben Ferguson now has 218 in his career, passing Greg LaVann's total of 215 from 2001-06.
  • The 5-0 league mark is a win better than the 2001-02 team's 4-0 beginning. The 11-3 overall record is the best that same squad opened 12-2 en route to a 25-6 finish.
  • Belmont Abbey is now 11-0, 5-0 this year when leading at halftime.

UP NEXT

  • Belmont Abbey begins a three-game road trip on Saturday at Lees-McRae. The 4 p.m. contest is a rematch of last year's Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game, won by the Bobcats, 75-72.