Abrom Sparks Crusaders Rally in 89-87 Overtime Victory

Abrom Sparks Crusaders Rally in 89-87 Overtime Victory

DAHLONEGA, Ga. -- Sophomore DeQuan Abrom scored 35 points, including seven in overtime, lifting Belmont Abbey to an 89-87 come-from-behind victory over North Georgia Wednesday night in non-conference men's basketball action. Abrom hit a go-ahead three-pointer with exactly one minute left in the extra session as part of his career-high performance.

Three other players reached double figures for the Crusaders (2-1). Markel Pollard tallied 14 points, while Jacob Wilson and Deion Lane chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively. John Bowen grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.

Belmont Abbey trailed by as many as seven in the second half, the last at 60-53, just before the midway point, but the Crusaders scored six of the next seven points to trail 61-59. The Nighthawks (1-2) were up 72-69 at the four-minute mark, but Markel Pollard tied the game on a three-pointer with 3:51 to play, just three seconds after a well-called Abbey timeout. UNG scored five straight to open a 77-72 lead at the 2:36 mark, but the Crusaders didn't quit. Abrom scored six in a row for a BAC lead before Wilson hit a pair of free throws with five seconds left, only to see a Bennett Fuzak three rattle in at the buzzer to force overtime.

In the extra session, The Abbey scored the first two points on Abrom free throws, but saw North Georgia answer with four straight. The Crusaders trailed by three, 86-83, with 1:37 left, but Abrom capped a 10-for-10 night at the line with two more just 10 seconds later. After a solo toss at the charity stripe for UNG, Abrom came down and canned the go-ahead three. Wilson hit one of two free throws at the 11-second mark before a missed Nighthawk three and rebound by Lane sealed the victory.

Belmont Abbey shot 46.8 percent for the contest, but was outrebounded 41-30. The Crusaders also overcame 20 turnovers in the win.

The Crusaders will open their 2017-18 home schedule on Saturday with a 4 p.m. tipoff against Tusculum at the Wheeler Center.