Wilson, Spencer Push Crusaders Back over .500 Mark

Wilson, Spencer Push Crusaders Back over .500 Mark

TIGERVILLE, S.C. -- Jacob Wilson scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds and Daniel Spencer added 13 points, leading Belmont Abbey to a 69-51 victory over North Greenville in men's basketball action Tuesday night.

With the victory, the Crusaders (14-13, 10-9) doubled their win total from a year ago, moving above the .500 mark for the first time since November. North Greenville concluded its season at 10-18, 4-16. 

Belmont Abbey fell behind 24-11 in the game's first 12 minutes, but stormed back with 15 unanswered points to start a 34-4 run over the final 8:49 of the period. Five different players scored during the 15-0 streak, pushing the visitors ahead 26-24 on a Spencer three with 3:08 to play.

After NGU tied the game at 26, Wilson hit back-to-back threes to put the Abbey head for good. Ben Ferguson answered another NGU basket with a trey at the 20-second mark to make the score 35-28 at the half.

North Greenville cut the margin to two, 41-39 on a layup with 12:50 to play, but consecutive threes by Ferguson around a free throw pushed the lead back to seven. The advantage reached double figures for the first time when Wilson hit a pair of free throws at the nine-minute mark for a 53-43 lead. The 18-point spread at the final horn was the largest of the contest.

Belmont Abbey outshot the home team by a 43.3 to 32.1 percent margin and forced 14 turnovers.

The regular season concludes on Friday night when the Crusaders travel to league leader Pfeiffer.