GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Junior Deion Lane led a trio of Crusaders with 19 points, but it was not enough as Limestone posted an 89-67 men's basketball victory over Belmont Abbey Tuesday night. Drexler Clark tallied 15 points and five assists, while Jacob Wilson added 11 points.
Belmont Abbey (8-10, 4-6) shot just 37.0 percent in the first half in falling behind by 17, 41-24, at the break. The Crusaders trailed 15-10 midway through the period when the Saints used a 17-7 run over the next five minutes for a 15-point lead, 32-17. Belmont Abbey tried to rally with five straight points to trail by 10, but could never get any closer.
Limestone (16-3, 10-1) ended the period with the final six points and opened the second with a three-pointer to retake control. A 12-0 run midway through the second sealed the victory.
Belmont Abbey's shooting improved immensely in the second as it hit 15 of 28 from the field (53.6 percent), including a six of its three-pointers in the contest. Limestone shot 53.8 percent for the game and held a 36-29 rebounding edge.
The Crusaders return home this weekend for a pair of key conference games. The Crusaders host Lees-McRae on Friday and King on Saturday.