Men's Basketball Falls At Limestone, 85-70

Men's Basketball Falls At Limestone, 85-70

Belmont Abbey junior guard Ray Chen tied for the game-high with 23 points, but four Limestone starters reached double figures as the Saints shot 54 percent from the field in an 85-70 Conference Carolinas victory this evening in Gaffney. Limestone improves to 6-19 overall and 6-11 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey drops to 2-22 overall and 1-15 in the league.

The Crusaders bolted out on an 8-2 run to begin the game but Limestone would stay within striking distance, and would go ahead 16-14 and hold the the lead for the remainder of the game. 

Belmont Abbey was down 35-22 with 6:30 to play, but closed the half on a 13-4 run to shrink the gap to 39-35 at the half.

Limestone outscored the Crusaders 46-36 in the final 20 minutes as its lead grew to as high as 17, and would win by 15, 85-70.

Chen tied for the game high with 23 points, three rebounds and two assists. Markel Pollard added 13 and Nick Hough contributed 11.

The Crusaders shot 40 percent from the field but made just 9-23 from three point range.