MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. -- Deion Lane scored 16 points and three other players topped double figures, but Belmont Abbey dropped an 80-69 decision to league-leader Mount Olive Thursday afternoon.
Belmont Abbey (8-10, 3-5) led 17-16 near the midway point of the first half, but a basket and two free throws gave the Trojans the lead for good. After a Nick Myers basket closed the gap to 20-19 at the 8:45 mark, UMO (13-5, 9-0) rattled off nine straight to stretch the margin to double digits for the first time. The Trojans led 43-31 at halftime.
The Crusaders scored the first four points of the second stanza to trail by eight, 43-35, with 17:44 to play, but Mount Olive used a 7-0 run to push the lead back to 15. The Abbey made one final push, closing to within nine, 56-47, on a Wilson layup at the 11:11 mark, but could never get closer.
The difference in the game came at the three-point line, where Mount Olive hit 45.5 percent (10 of 22), while Belmont Abbey connected on only two of 11 attempts (18.2 percent).
Belmont Abbey concludes its three-game road swing on Saturday when it travels to Southern Wesleyan.