Belmont Abbey senior guard Ryan Conrad netted a career-high 27 points, with the last two giving the Crusaders a one point lead with 3:29 left, but Barry scored 11 of the game's final 19 points to earn a 95-93 victory this evening. The win ups the Bucs record to 4-0, while the Abbey drops to 3-5.
The Crusaders faced 11 point deficit after a Yunio Barruetta tip-in gave Barry a 78-67 lead with 6:55 to go, but the Abbey sliced the lead with a commanding 17-6 run, punctuated by a four-point play from Conrad that gave the Crusaders their first lead since the 13:01 mark.
Barry missed a three-pointer on its next possession, and the Abbey capitalized when Tyler Horn extended the Crusaders lead to three with a layup off of a Conrad assist, but Barry outscored the Abbey 11-8 the rest of the way.
The Crusaders had one final chance as Justin Kulhman cut the lead to just one with a three-pointer with five seconds left. The Abbey fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass and Juan Ferrales hit one of two free throws with four seconds left to seal the win.
After trailing 47-43 at the half, Belmont Abbey outscored Barry 50-48 in the final period as its largest lead was six points on three Conrad free throws at the 17:04 mark.
The game was close for the next few minutes, as the two teams traded the lead before a 17-9 surge increased the Barry lead to 78-67 with 6:55 left.
Conrad scored 27 points on 7-15 shooting from the field, including 3-7 from three-point range. He also sank 10-11 from the line. He added four rebounds, three steals and an assist. Chen added a career-high 21 on 6-9 shooting with six rebounds and five assists. Kuhlman scored 15 points with nine assists, five rebounds and two steals. Darryl Durham amassed a perfect shooting night, sinking all six of his field goals for 12 points to go along with four rebounds and two steals.
Belmont Abbey shot 53 percent from the field and made 9-21 from three-point range.