BELMONT, N.C. -- DeQuan Abrom tallied 22 points and six rebounds, and Myron Carmon added a career-high 19 points, but a season-low shooting percentage led to a 79-66 St. Augustine's men's basketball victory over Belmont Abbey Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders (6-7) shot just 37.7 percent (23-of-61) from the field to drop consecutive games for the first time this season. The Falcons (6-8) won their fourth straight game by hitting 46.2 percent of their shots and holding a 44-37 rebounding advantage.
Belmont Abbey held a 10-9 lead after a three-pointer by Abrom, but St. Augustine's scored six straight points and never trailed again. The Crusaders cut the lead to one, 32-31, on a conventional three-point play by Carmon with 2:31 left in the first half, then tied the game at 35 with 51 seconds left on another Carmon basket, but the Falcons scored the final five points of the period for a 40-35 lead at the break.
Another 5-0 run by SAU to start the second stanza pushed the lead to double-digits for the first time before a three by Jacob Wilson closed the gap to eight, 49-41 with 15:43 left. The margin went back to double-digits again before The Abbey made a final push, cutting the margin to seven again, 73-66, on a Carmon layup with 2:31 left. However, St. Augustine's tallied the final six points of the game for the 13-point win.
Belmont Abbey returns to conference play next Friday when it hosts Emmanuel in an afternoon contest. The 12 noon start is for REDucation Day, when area school children will be in attendance.