GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Romeao Ferguson led four Crusaders in double figures, but a second-half rally lifted Limestone to an 87-83 victory over Belmont Abbey in Conference Carolinas men's basketball action Saturday afternoon.
In addition to his 23 points -- one shy of his season high -- the sophomore added 12 rebounds for his fourth career double-double.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Belmont Abbey were ahead for most of the contest after reversing a 3-0 deficit with a 10-0 run.
- Seven straight points at the end of the first half pushed a 36-32 lead to double digits, 43-32 at the break.
- The Crusaders led by as 18 points early in the second half. Abrom's three-pointer at the 16:21 mark made the score 58-40.
- The margin was 17, 63-46, three minutes later, but 11 straight points by Limestone cut its deficit to six. It marked just third double-digit run by an opponent this year.
- Belmont Abbey built the lead back to seven, 72-65, with 7:01 left, but a 13-4 surge tied gave the Saints the lead again, 78-76, with 4:15 to play.
- Ben Ferguson hit a three to push the Crusaders ahead, but Limestone scored on consecutive possessions for an 82-79 lead at the 1:29 mark.
- The Abbey rallied again on a pair of free throws by Ferguson and a layup by Abrom, but a three with 18 seconds left put Limestone ahead for good.
- Belmont Abbey shot over 50 percent in both halves, giving it 22 50+% periods this year. The Crusaders outshot the Saints 50.8 to 45.3 percent in the contest.
- The Crusaders dropped back-to-back contests for the first time all season.
- Despite the loss, Belmont Abbey secured a spot in the Conference Carolinas tournament in early March. The Crusaders are in second place, two games behind Emmanuel.
- Belmont Abbey faces a critical three-game homestand starting Wednesday. The Crusaders host Mount Olive, Emmanuel and Barton -- all of whom are in the top five of the league standings.