BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey placed five players in double figures, led by DeQuan Abrom's 23 points, lifting the Crusaders to a 99-82 victory over Bluefield Saturday night at the Wheeler Center. Deion Lane tallied 19 points and seven rebounds, while Markel Pollard added 15 points. Ben Ferguson and Jacob Wilson chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Belmont Abbey (4-3) never trailed in the game after opening the contest on a 7-0 run. Bluefield closed to within three, 14-11, at the 14:24 mark, but the Crusaders scored five of the next six points to put the lead back to seven. The lead was six, 34-28 when The Abbey posted its first double-digit scoring run of the season, rattling off 10 straight points to lead 44-28 at the 2:51 mark. An 8-3 surge over the final 1:08 of the period pushed the margin to 57-35 by the break.
For the period, the Crusaders shot 63.9 percent, its best half the year, tallying a season-high for points in a period.
The lead reached 33 in the second stanza, when The Abbey slowed the pace and pulled its starters from the game.
Belmont Abbey begins Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday night when it travels to Barton