BELMONT, N.C -- Junior DeQuan Abrom tallied a career-high 45 points -- the second-highest scoring output in school history -- but it was not enough as Barton escaped the Wheeler Center with a 111-98 victory over Belmont Abbey on Wednesday night.
Abrom's point total eclipsed a 42-point effort exactly a week ago, but fell short of Bob Stewart's 61 points against Pembroke State on Jan. 16, 1959.
Belmont Abbey maintains its hold on second place in the standings at 17-6, 10-3, but Barton closed the gap at 16-7, 9-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In addition to his 45 points, Abrom grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and had a block. He was a perfect 13 of 13 at the free throw line.
- Romeao Ferguson just missed a double-double with 20 points and nine rebounded, while John Bowen added 11 points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.
- Belmont Abbey shot 56.7 percent from the field, just shy of the season-high of 57.1 against Johnson C. Smith. However, the Bulldogs nearly matched at 54.1 percent, including 11 of 20 (55.0 percent) from three-point range.
- For the first time since the season opener vs. Wingate, Belmont Abbey never led in the contest after the Bulldogs scored the first five points and led 14-6 after the first 3:26.
- Barton's lead reached 14 at 30-16 and was still double digits at 40-30 when the Crusaders tried to rally. They used a 12-4 run to trail by only two with 1:36 left in the half, but the Bulldogs took a 48-44 lead into the break.
- In the second half, Barton shot 59 percent as The Abbey was forced to press.
- The Bulldogs committed just seven turnovers, while forcing the Crusaders into 15.
- Barton placed four players in double figures, led by Isaiah Reddish's 35 points and eight rebounds. Bobby Stenborg had a double-double of 19 points and 10 boards.
- Belmont Abbey takes to the road for three straight games beginning Saturday at Erskine. The regular-season home finale is set for Feb. 23 against Lees-McRae.