The Belmont Abbey men's basketball team lost the penultimate home game of the season this evening as the University of Mount Olive Trojans defeated the Crusaders by a 100-61 score inside the Wheeler Center. Mount Olive improves to 15-8 overall and 9-4 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey slips to 9-14 overall and 5-8 in Conference Carolinas.
The game was tight early, with neither team separated by more than three points in the first eight minutes. The Abbey's last lead came at 9-7, and the game was tied at 17 on a Ryan Conrad three-pointer with 10:37 left in the first half, but Mount Olive scored on its next possession to take the lead for good.
After the Trojans built their lead to as high as nine, the Abbey used a 9-5 mini-run to chop the lead back down to five at 33-28 with 4:41 left, but Mount Olive closed the half on a 17-5 run to go into halftime lead 48-33.
Mount Olive continued its strong shooting performance in the second half, converting 21 of 29 from the field (72.4 percent) as it scored 52 points in the half. The Trojans shot 66.1 percent (41-62) for the game and made 14 of 22 (63.6 percent) from three-point range.
Belmont Abbey shot 41.7 percent as Darryl Durham led the way with 21 points on 10-12 shooting. He also had nine rebounds. Conrad added 15 points and four assists. Ray Chen handed out four assists as well.
Belmont Abbey closes out the home schedule Wednesday night at 7:30 when hosting King.