Abrom Scores 19 but Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker

Abrom Scores 19 but Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker

TIGERVILLE, S.C. -- DeQuan Abrom led three Belmont Abbey players in double figures with 19 points, but a three-point basket with 10 seconds remaining lifted North Greenville to a 71-69 Conference Carolinas men's basketball victory Wednesday night.

Jacob Wilson tallied 15 points, while Deion Lane added 12 points to pass 1,500 for his career. Matt Moore, who hit the game-winning basket, led NGU with 16 points.

In a game that featured 14 lead changes, including five in the final 1:47, Lane put the visitors up 69-68 with a conventional three-point play with 38 seconds left, but Moore connected 28 seconds later after a timeout. A Belmont Abbey chance to tie was two seconds remaining was off the mark.

The Abbey opened a six-point lead on a layup by Wilson with 6:01 to play, but back-to-back baskets cut the margin back to two. After another basket from Wilson pushed the lead back to four, five straight points by Tommy Wade put the home team back in front, 65-64. Abrom hit a jumper in the paint for a 66-65 edge with 1:13 left, but Wade hit another three for a two-point difference.

North Greenville hit 49.1 percent in the contest, including 62.5 percent after intermission, while The Abbey connected at a 40.7.  Belmont Abbey hit 10 threes in the contest, including eight in the first half, that led to a 39-34 lead at the break.

Belmont Abbey wraps up its 2017-18 home schedule Saturday night when it hosts King. Four seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.