Belmont Abbey senior guard Chris Davis led five Crusaders-including four starters-in double figures with 19 points, but UNC Pembroke had six players reach double figures to earn a 100-87 men's basketball victory tonight at the English Center. The Braves remain unbeaten at 5-0, while the Abbey is now 2-2.
The Crusaders shot 47 percent from the field as Davis led the Abbey with 19 points. Justin Kuhlman added 17, while Darryl Durham and Ryan Conrad both contributed 13. Drexler Clark came off the bench to score ten.
After giving up the first basket of the game, the Crusaders scored five straight, all by Davis, to claim a 5-2 lead. The advantage would grow to 16-10 and the Abbey held off several Braves runs to keep its edge before UNC Pembroke surged ahead late in the first half.
A traditional three-point play by the Braves with 10:08 left started a 12-0 UNCP jaunt that moved the lead to 34-25 with 8:03 left.
The Crusaders scored the next six to cut the lead to three, but the Braves ended the half on a 15-3 run to carry a 49-34 lead into the half.
Belmont Abbey outscored UNC Pembroke 53-51 in the second half as Kuhlman scored 15 of his 17 points in the final period, but the Braves maintained their double digit lead until an Abbey run midway through the half shrank the gap to seven.
Trailing 68-54 with 12:05 to play, Belmont Abbey raced out on a 7-0 run over the next 59 seconds, capped off by a Ray Chen three-pointer, to close the gap to 68-61.
UNCP countered with a 17-6 run to build its lead back to double digits, this time at 85-68 with 7:12 to play, and the Abbey never cut the lead below ten as the Braves won by 13.
Durham posted a double double as he pulled down 11 rebounds in addition to his 13 points. Davis added seven rebounds. Kuhlman handed out eight assists as 26 of the Abbey's 32 field goals were assisted.