The Belmont Abbey men's basketball team lost at Conference Carolinas leading King by a 96-57 score this afternoon inside the King University Student Center. The Tornado improve to 14-2 overall and 9-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Crusaders fall to 1-16 overall and 1-9 in league play.
Ray Chen, who finished with a team-high 18 points, gave the Abbey a 3-0 lead before the Tornado went on a 9-3 tear to grab the lead. Belmont Abbey responded in kind, scoring the next seven unanswered points to surge back in front 10-9.
King, however scored on its next possession and never trailed again as its halftime lead rose to as high as 29 points, which was the Tornado's lead at halftime, 51-22.
The home team continued its strong play in the second half as the lead grew to as high as 49 points.
King shot 49 percent from the field but made 21-38 from three point range (55 percent). Belmont Abbey shot 47 percent from the floor and 34 percent from three point range.
Chen led the Abbey with 18 points, four assists and three steals. Deion Lane netted 15 points, five rebounds, three steals and an assist.
Belmont Abbey is off until Friday when it hosts Emmanuel at 7:30.