Crusaders Bear Down for Thrilling Overtime Win over L-R

Crusaders Bear Down for Thrilling Overtime Win over L-R

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BELMONT, N.C. -- Drexler Clark dished out a career-high 16 assists without a turnover and Deion Lane had his second straight double-double, lifting Belmont Abbey to an 87-83 overtime victory over Lenoir-Rhyne Wednesday night at the Wheeler Center. Jacob Wilson led all scorers with 24 points, while also adding five boards and three assists.

Lane finished with 23 points and 10 boards to top double figures in those categories for the third time this season. He tallied seven of his points in overtime, hitting both shot attempts and three of four field goals.

The Crusaders ended the game on a 7-0 run after trailing by three twice in overtime, the last at 83-80 with 2:16 to play. Lane hit a pair of free throws before Ben Ferguson canned a three for the lead with 1:27 to play. Neither team could score for the next minute before Lane clinched the victory with a layup from Clark with 11 seconds remaining.

The Bears (3-5) had tied the game 77-77 with a three-pointer by Billy Bales at the regulation buzzer,  having to rally from a nine-point deficit, 73-64, in the final six minutes. Bales led four Lenior-Rhyne players in double figures with 23 points.

In the first half, it was Belmont Abbey who had to rally as they trailed by 13 three times, the last at 45-32 with just 2:26 left before intermission. But the Crusaders ended the period on a 12-0 run to trail by just a point, 45-44 at the break.

The Abbey shot 51.6 percent for the game, a season-high, but cooled after a 57.6 percent effort in the first half. L-R also was lights out in the opening stanza, shooting 57.1 percent, but finished the contest at 45.3 percent. The Crusaders also edged the Bears on boards 36-35, but had one more turnover (14-13).

Belmont Abbey returns to conference Carolinas play on Saturday when it travels to Erskine for the back end of a 2 p.m. doubleheader with the women's team.