BELMONT, N.C. -- DeQuan Abrom scored 29 points and Romeao Ferguson added 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists, helping Belmont Abbey survive a 73-72 upset bid by North Greenville Friday night at the Wheeler Center. The hosts shot 68.2 percent in the second half, but needed a miss on a potential game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds to improve to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in Conference Carolinas play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Belmont Abbey led by as many as 18 points in the opening half, but could never shake the visitors from Tigerville. A 27-9 advantage was cut to seven after an 11-0 run over a span of 2:42.
- The halftime score was also a seven-point difference, 31-24.
- The 24 points by NGU in the opening period marked second-lowest scoring half of the season for an Abbey opponent.
- North Greenville (1-8, 0-3) scored six in a row to trim the margin to one, 35-34, early in the second half, then later took the lead 46-44 on a layup with 14:05 remaining.
- The Abbey took the lead back to double digits, 65-54 with seven minutes left after a 14-4 run, but North Greenville chipped the lead back to one three times in the final 2:15.
- NGU had two chances to take the lead in the final minute, but in both cases Ferguson grabbed the defensive rebound.
- After the second board, he hit both free throws with nine seconds to play to make the score 73-70, then watched a three-point attempt with one second remaining fall short, although a tip-in put the final margin at one.
- Belmont Abbey improved to 8-0 when leading at halftime.
- A 54.3 percent effort from the floor (25-46) marked the second-best performance of the season and the fourth straight game that BAC has made at least half its shots.
- Roderick Howell led North Greenville with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds.
- Belmont Abbey takes a week off for fall semester exams before returning to the court next Saturday against Limestone. Tip off is expected shortly after 4 p.m. following the women's contest.