CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey shot 49.1 percent from the field and forced Queens into 21 turnovers Saturday to post a 76-55 victory over the 10th-ranked Royals at the Levine Center. The Crusaders had four players reach double figures, led by DeQuan Abrom's 18 points.
The Abbey has won five straight since a season-opening setback and snapped a two-game skid against its former Conference Carolinas at cross-town rival. Saturday meeting was the first since Nov. 28, 2015.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Four Crusaders topped double figures in scoring. After Abrom's total, Romeao Ferguson added 16, Sean Halloran 13 and LJ McCoy 10. Abrom also dished out a team-high five assists, while Halloran added four.
- Belmont Abbey held a 33-31 rebounding advantage, led by Ferguson with six. John Bowen, Aidan Richard and Ben Ferguson each added four.
- The Abbey committed just 15 turnovers, while forcing Queens into 21. The Crusaders held a 22-16 advantage in points off turnovers and made a season-high 12 steals
- Belmont Abbey tallied the first basket of the game, then answered a Royals' layup with seven straight for a 9-2 lead. Using a 6-0 run, Queens took a 15-14 lead that was quickly reversed by a McCoy three.
- Queens (4-2) its biggest lead at 30-27 with 4:33 remaining after an 8-0 run, but Belmont Abbey tallied the final four points of the first half to hold a 35-31 margin at the break.
- The Crusaders pushed the lead to double digits for the first time after six straight points made the score 53-42 with 13:05 to play, but Queens just the margin back to four, 55-51, with just under 10 minutes left. From there, the Crusaders scored 12 straight points and were never threatened again.
- The 21-margin at the end of the game came after a dunk by Romeao Ferguson with 29 seconds left and was the largest of the game.
- Belmont Abbey held a lead for 32:38, while Queens had the advantage for just 3:35. There were six lead changes and four ties.
- Belmont Abbey stays on the road this week when it travels to Young Harris on Wednesday.