GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Playing its final exhibition game of the 2016-17 schedule, Belmont Abbey held its own early on against Division I UNC Greensboro Friday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Spartans, which counted the game as regular-season play, pulled away in the second half for a 90-54 victory.
Jacob Wilson tallied 11 points, hitting four of six from the field, including all three three-point attempts. Daniel Spencer came off the bench to score eight late points, while Troy Henderson chipped in seven.
The teams traded baskets in the first 1:21 before the Spartans hit back-to-back threes to take the lead, 8-2 with 17:49 left in the first half. Wilson countered with a trey of his own at the 16:57 mark, but a consecutive buckets sent the lead to eight, 15-7.
Belmont Abbey closed to within five twice after that, the last at 22-17 with 11:33 on an Aidan Richard layup. But UNCG scored six straight and later added a 7-0 run enroute to a 44-24 lead at intermission.
The Crusaders hit just 30.4 percent (7-23) from the field in the opening 20 minutes, most of which came on three-pointers (4-11/36.4). The Spartans had a hot hand, hitting 50 percent overall in the first stanza. For the game, UNCG connected on 50.7 percent, while The Abbey was held to 32. percent.
Belmont Abbey (3-2) returns to action on Wednesday when it opens Conference Carolinas play at home against Barton. Tipoff at the Wheeler Center is scheduled for approximately 7:30 p.m.