BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey had three players top 20 points, led by Dequan Abrom's fourth 30-point effort of the season, lifting the Crusaders to a 116-104 Conference Carolinas victory over Emmanuel Friday afternoon at the Wheeler Center. The 220 combined points were the most-ever in a Belmont Abbey game, topping a pair of 219-point showings.
Abrom finished with 30, while Deion Lane and Myron Carmon registered season-highs of 25 and 20 points, respectively for The Abbey (7-7, 3-2). Kendrick Colvin led five Lions in double figures with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Belmont Abbey hit 14 of its first 16 shots, including eight of nine three-pointers, en route to a 49-33 lead by the 8:01 mark. However, Emmanuel rallied with a 10-2 spurt, then ended the period with eight straight points trail by only two, 57-55, at the break. The 57 points by the Crusaders tied a season-high for an opening period, while the shooting percentage of 58.3 was the fourth-best half of the year.
Emmanuel (8-7, 2-3) scored seven straight points early in the second half to open a 67-63 lead, but the Crusaders answered with a 9-1 lead to retake a four-point advantage, 72-68, with 14:48 left. The Lions used a second 7-0 run to move ahead by five, 77-72, before Belmont Abbey surged ahead for good. The Crusaders posted a 12-2 run over a span of 3:25 for another five-point lead, 86-81, although tied the score twice more -- at 86 and 88.
The final push for the Crusaders came in the final 4:24 when ThankGod Avar and Lane hit back-to-back layups to push a one-point lead to five, 99-94. After an Emmanuel three, Lane scored another four points for a six-point edge. The Crusaders hit all six of their free throws and made a layup in the final 1:02, stretching a four-point lead to the final margin of 12.
For the contest, Belmont Abbey shot 58.3 percent from the field -- a season-high -- and 86.4 percent from the free throw line. The Crusaders also made a season-high 13 three-pointers, although they were outrebounded 39-31.
Belmont Abbey returns to action tomorrow against Erskine. The back-end of a doubleheader should start around 4 p.m.