Four Belmont Abbey players reached double figures led by freshman forward Deion Lane's 19 points, but North Greenville never trailed after being down 2-0 as it went on to earn a 77-66 victory this evening inside Hayes Gymnasium. North Greenville improves to 17-9 overall and 10-8 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey drops to 2-24 overall and 1-17 in the league.
After Nick Hough tied the game at five on a three pointer 1:49 into the game, North Greenville surged ahead by 15 at 27-12 with 9:56 left in the half.
The lead stayed in double figures, moving to as high as 20 at 44-24 with 1:59 left, before the Abbey scored eight of the final ten points of the half to cut its deficit to 46-32 at halftime.
The Crusaders opened the second half cutting the deficit down to as few as 11, but North Greenville moved its cushion back to 19 at 66-47 with 8:47 to play.
From there, the Crusaders never cut the North Greenville lead down to any fewer than 11 points, which was the final score as Ray Chen connected on two free throws with 13 seconds left.
Belmont Abbey shot 35 percent from the floor as Lane led four Crusaders in double figures with 19 points. He added six rebounds, two blocked shots, one assist and one steal. Markel Pollard added 15 points, which included a perfect 7-7 effort from the free throw line, with three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Chen and Hough both added 14 points.