Belmont Abbey freshman forward Deion Lane scored 22 of his career-high 29 points in the second half as the Crusaders men's basketball team suffered an 87-69 loss to the nationally 12th-ranked Mount Olive Trojans this evening inside the Wheeler Center. The Trojans win for the 13th consecutive game as they improve to 24-2 overall and 17-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey drops to 2-23 overall and 1-16 in Conference Carolinas.
Lane, who led all scorers, netted 22 in the second half on eight of 11 shooting from the field and five of six from the free throw line while grabbing four rebounds, blocking one shot and collecting a steal in 16 minutes.
Mount Olive led 57-24 at the half as the Trojans shot 78 percent (25-32) from the floor. Belmont Abbey outscored the Trojans 45-30 in the second half as the Crusaders shot 55 percent from the floor.
For the game, Lane scored 29 points on 10-14 shooting, 6-8 from the free throw line with six rebounds, two steals, one assist and a blocked shot.
The Crusaders are back in action Wednesday night when they play the final road game of the year at North Greenville. Tip-off is set for 7:30.