BELMONT, N.C. -- Senior guard Ben Ferguson tied his career high of eight three-pointers for 24 points and DeQuan Abrom tallied a game-high 29 points, leading Belmont Abbey to a 97-76 victory over Lees-McRae on Saturday night. With the victory, the Crusaders (20-7, 13-4) post their first 20-win season since 2012-13.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ben Ferguson hit eight of his 12 shot attempts, all of which came from behind the three-point line.
- Romeao Ferguson added eight rebounds and six assists, both team highs.
- Bowen grabbed seven rebounds.
- Belmont Abbey shot 59.3 percent from the field, including 60.9 percent after halftime. Counting a 58.3 percent effort in the first period, the Crusaders have now made at least half their shots in 29 of their 54 halves their season.
- The Crusaders finished the contest 13 of 25 (52.0 percent) from three-point range.
- The Abbey never trailed for the fifth time this season. It scored the first five points of the game and led 24-8 in the first six minutes.
- After trailing by as many as 22 with 7:07 left before halftime, Lees-McRae cut the gap to nine, with 1:53 to play. However, BAC ended the period of a 9-2 run for a 16-point lead at the break.
- The biggest lead of the game was 27 points at 74-47 with 13:38 remaining.
- Senior Aidan Richard, who was also honored in the pregame ceremony made his second start of the year (season opener). He tallied five points and two rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
- Lees-McRae placed three players in double figures with Andrew Gardner and Quay Kimble each tallying 14.
- Belmont Abbey wraps up the regular season at Emmanuel, which has already secured the top seed for the conference tournament
- The Crusaders defeated the Lions 88-85 on February 2 in the teams' first meeting.
- The Abbey will clinch the No. 2 seed for the tournament with a victory or Barton loss at Limestone.
- Regardless of the result, the Crusaders will host a quarterfinal game against either King or Limestone on March 5 at 7 p.m.