Emmanuel never trailed as the Lions shot 54 percent from the field and held Belmont Abbey to 34 percent shooting in a 78-59 home men's basketball victory this evening in Franklin Springs, Georgia. Emmanuel moves to 13-4 overall and 8-3 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey drops to 6-13 overall and 3-9 in the league.
Emmanuel never trailed and the game was tied three times, all in the first five minutes as Emmanuel moved ahead for good on the strength of a 9-2 run after Spencer Wilson tied the game at nine with a three pointer at the 15:15 mark. The spurt moved the Lions ahead 18-11, but the Abbey fought back to cut the lead down to a pair before Emmanuel pulled away for good after scoring 11 unanswered points over the next four minutes to stretch the lead into double digits.
The Crusaders would get as close as seven points, twice, but the Lions closed the half scoring the final five points to carry a 42-30 lead into the break.
The Lions shot 56 percent from the floor in the first half, while the Crusaders made just nine of 24 from the field.
Emmanuel outscored Belmont Abbey 36-29 in the second half as the Lions opened the period on a 10-3 run to effectively seal the victory. The lead rose as high as 24 points with 13:37 to go, and the hosts would go on to win by 19.
Ray Chen led the Abbey with 17 points on five of ten shooting with seven rebounds and an assist. Deion Lane added nine points as Belmont Abbey made just 16 of 46 from the field, including four of 19 from three point range and 23-30 from the line.
The Crusaders must regroup quickly as they travel to Erskine tomorrow night. Tip-off is set for 7:30.