The Belmont Abbey men's basketball team opened the 2014-15 season with an 85-55 loss to Mars Hill in the first game of the OrthoCarolina Tip-Off Challenge hosted by Wingate University at Cuddy Arena. It was the season opener for both teams.
Mars Hill never trailed as it opened the game on an 11-3 run and never looked back. The Lions carried a 38-23 lead into the break after the Crusaders closed the stanza on an 11-4 run. Neither team shot particularly well in the first 20 minutes, as the Lions converted 36 percent from the floor while the Crusaders made 32 percent of their shots.
The Lions lead rose to as high as 32 in the second half as they shot 61 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes and converted 48 percent for the contest.
The Crusaders are back in action Saturday night at 7:00 when they take on the host Wingate Bulldogs in the final game of the OrthoCarolina Tip-off Challenge.