Five in Double Figures Lift Crusaders to 94-66 Victory

Five in Double Figures Lift Crusaders to 94-66 Victory

BELMONT, N.C. -- Deion Lane posted a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds and four other players topped double figures as Belmont Abbey cruised to a 94-66 men's basketball victory over Piedmont International Wednesday night at the Wheeler Center. The game marked the final non-conference action of the season for the Crusaders.

DeQuan Abrom scored 17 points, while Jacob Wilson and Myron Carmon added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Ben Ferguson also reached double figures, finishing with 10 points.

Belmont Abbey (8-8) started slowly, trailing 12-11 to the Bruins, who are members of the National Christian College Athletic Association, just six minutes in. But Ferguson hit a three-pointer that capped a 7-2 run that put gave the Crusaders the lead for good, 18-14. Piedmont trailed by six, 26-20, after a pair of free throws with 6:53 left in the period, when The Abbey scored 13 straight points, its best run of the season, to hold a 39-20 advantage at the 1:33 mark. The lead at halftime was 39-23.

In the second half, Belmont Abbey hit 56.3 percent from the field, building toward the 28-point final margin, the biggest of the game. The Crusaders held a 44-25 advantage on the boards and outscored the Bruins 52-18 in the paint. Wednesday's contest also marked the first time all year that the Belmont Abbey bench outscored the opponent (23-19). 

Belmont Abbey returns to Conference Carolinas action on Saturday when it travels to Limestone for the first of three straight games on the road.