BELMONT, N.C. -- Senior Deion Lane posted his seventh double-double of the season and 13th of his career and Ben Ferguson added his fourth double-digit scoring game of the year, but a late run lifted Limestone to a 63-60 victory over Belmont Abbey Tuesday night in Conference Carolinas men's basketball action.
Lane finished the contest with 13 points and 10 rebounds, both team highs, while Ferguson chipped in 12 points, all from beyond three-point range. Myron Carmon tallied 11 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Crusaders (9-11, 4-6). Montrel Goldston led all scorers with 16 points for Limestone (9-10, 5-5) with Donovan Harris grabbing 17 rebounds.
The teams were tied at 53 with just over four minutes remaining, before Limestone scored five straight points on a jumper and three-pointer. Carmon canned a jumper with 2:06 left to cut the margin to three, 58-55, but the Saints hit three of four free throws over the next minute for their biggest lead of the game, 61-55.
Ferguson canned a three with 59 seconds left to shave the deficit in half before a Limestone free throw pushed the lead back to four, 62-58 with 47 ticks remaining. After DeQuan Abrom sank a pair of free throws with 26 seconds to play, the Saints answered by hitting only the second of two from the charity stripe, giving The Abbey a chance to tie.
However, the Crusaders missed three three-point attempts in the final 12 seconds, allowing the visitors to escape with the victory.
Belmont Abbey jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the first 7:42, then pushed the margin to 17-5 by the 10:26 remaining. The Crusaders held their biggest advantage of 14 points at 30-16 with 4:27 left and were ahead 37-26 at the break. The second half was a different story as BAC made just 18.9 percent from the field to finish with a season-low 30.4 percent for the game. Its defensive effort was strong through, as Limestone shot just 38.3 percent from the field and held only a 45-44 rebounding advantage.
Belmont Abbey faces a weekend road trip to Erskine and Emmanuel before returning home next Wednesday to face Lees-McRae