Belmont Abbey sophomore forward Tyler Horn led all scorers with a career-high 19 points, but Emmanuel shot 69 percent from the field as the Lions earned an 88-55 victory this evening. Emmanuel, in its first year as a member of Conference Carolinas, improves to 4-7 overall and 1-4 in the the league, while the Abbey falls to 1-12 overall and 1-5 in Conference Carolinas.
The Crusaders started the game on a 6-5 burst, but the Lions pulled ahead with a run of their own, padding their cushion to as much as seven at 22-15 with 11:37 to go in the half.
A 10-5 Abbey run sliced the Emmanuel lead down to just one at 27-26, but the Lions closed the half on a 19-3 spurt to carry a 46-29 lead into halftime.
The Lions outscored the Abbey 42-26 in the second half as the lead stayed in double figures for the remainder of the contest.
Belmont Abbey shot 52 percent as Horn led all scorers with 19 points on 8-10 shooting from the field. He added three free throws in four attempts. Nick Hough added 11 points and Markel Pollard netted ten.
The Crusaders are back in action Wednesday night at 7:30 when they host Limestone on Roman Catholic Community Night.