The Belmont Abbey men's basketball team closed out the 2014 calendar year with a 96-57 loss at Queens this afternoon in Curry Arena. The Royals improve to 6-5, while the Abbey falls to 0-11.
Belmont Abbey freshman guard Nick Hough matched his career high with 18 points, tying the high he set just three days ago. He converted four of six shots, including all three of his three-point field goal attempts, while sinking seven of ten from the line. Ray Chen added ten points. Belmont Abbey shot 31 percent from the field as well as from three-point distance.
The Crusaders started the game on a 5-2 run and their last lead came at the 8:20 mark of the first half on a three-pointer by Hough. Queens closed the stanza on a 25-10 run to carry a 48-22 lead into the half.
The Royals maintained the lead throughout the second half, raising it to as much as 41 points as they converted 20 of 29 from the field in the final 20 minutes, while shooting 65 percent (34-52) for the game.
Belmont Abbey is off for Christmas until January 2 when it goes on the road to face Erskine.