Belmont Abbey senior guard Chris Davis recorded his first double double of the season as he led all scorers with 31 points-one shy of his career high-and grabbed ten rebounds, but the Crusaders men's basketball team fell 92-79 at Mount Olive this afternoon at Kornegay Arena. Mount Olive improves to 9-7 overall and 3-3 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey drops to 6-10 overall and 2-4 in Conference Carolinas.
Davis's 30 points came on 11-17 shooting from the floor, and five of seven from the line. His ten rebounds was also a game-high. He missed tying his career-high by one point, which came on December 7 in the loss to North Georgia. Drexler Clark added 11, three assists and two steals. Darryl Durham netted eight points. The Crusaders shot 50 percent from the floor (27-53), including 58 percent in the second half (18-31) as they outscored Mount Olive 55-52 in the second half.
Belmont Abbey scored four of the game's first six points but that would be its last lead of the game as the Trojans seized control of the contest, leading by as many as 25, which came in the second half.
Mount Olive led by 16 at the break, 40-24, after Davis scored the final six points of the half. Davis scored 11 of his 30 in the first half.
The Crusaders whittled the Mount Olive lead down to as few as 13 on a Clark layup with 3:24 to play, but Mount Olive converted eight free throws in the final two minutes to close the scoring.