Belmont Abbey freshman forward Deion Lane set career highs with 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Crusaders men's basketball team won for the second time with a 79-71 victory over Johnson & Wales (Charlotte) this evening inside the Wheeler Center. Belmont Abbey improves to 2-21, while the Wildcats fall to 13-10.
Lane recorded just his second career double double as he netted 21 points on 7-11 shooting while grabbing 13 rebounds, nine on the offensive glass. He added two blocks, an assist and one steal.
Belmont Abbey is now 7-0 all time against the Wildcats but tonight's game was the closer of any of the seven as the contest featured six ties and six lead changes before the Crusaders pulled away late.
The Wildcats larges lead was just three points at 21-18 but the Abbey erased that with an 18-9 jaunt that gave the Crusaders the lead for good.
The halftime lead stood at 41-35 as Lane ended the period the same way he began it, by swishing a three-pointer. The Charlotte product netted 14 points in the first half on 5-6 shooting with five rebounds.
The second half was much closer, as the Abbey outscored the Wildcats by just two at 38-36 as the issue was in doubt until the very end.
Belmont Abbey held a comfortable 72-63 lead with 3:35 to play before Johnson & Wales cut the lead down to five at 76-71 with 38 seconds to play, but the Crusaders hit three of four free throws the rest of the way as the Wildcats missed their last four shots as the Abbey earned the eight point victory.