BANNER ELK, N.C. -- DeQuan Abrom scored a game-high 33 points, just two shy of his career-high, and Romeao Ferguson posted a double-double to help Belmont Abbey extend its historic start with an 83-75 victory at Lees McRae Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders improve to 12-3 overall and 6-0 in Conference Carolinas play, while the Bobcats fall to 5-10, 2-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Abrom topped 30 points for the third time this season behind 12 of 18 shooting from the field, plus an eight-of-10 effort from the line.
- Ferguson tallied 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. He converted eight of 15 attempts and five of seven free throws.
- Abrom and John Bowen added six rebounds each, while Ferguson added five assists.
- After the home team opened the scoring, Belmont Abbey scored seven straight and never trailed again.
- The Crusaders led by seven, 22-15, before six straight by the Bobcats, but then tallied 11 straight points to lead 33-21. It was the 12th double-digit scoring run of the season for The Abbey.
- The biggest lead of the first half was 13, 39-26, at 3:33 mark, but Less-McRae closed the period on an 8-2 run to trail just 41-34 at the break.
- The difference was nine, 49-40 when the Crusaders put the game away. A 16-6 run pushed the gap to its biggest point, 65-46 with 11:51 to play.
- Lees-McRae chipped away at the lead until it was 10, 72-62 at 5:15, but eight straight points ended the threat.
- Belmont Abbey outshot Lees-McRae 48.4 percent (31-64) to 38.8 percent (26-67). The Crusaders hit 50 percent in the second half, the 15th time this year they made at least half their attempts in a 20-minute span.
- The Crusaders improved to 12-0 this season when leading at the half.
- The victory avenged a 75-72 loss last year in the Conference Carolinas Championship game and snapped a three-game losing skid against the Bobcats.
- The Crusaders continue their three-game road swing on Wednesday when they travel to North Greenville. Belmont Abbey won the first meeting of the teams, 73-72 at the Wheeler Center on Dec. 7.