The Wingate men's basketball team shot 53 percent in the second half to outscore Belmont Abbey 50-28 after leading 45-40 at the half to earn a 95-68 victory in the Wheeler Center tonight in the final game of the Conference Carolinas/SAC Challenge. Wingate moves to 2-0, while the Abbey slips to 1-1.
The first half was evenly played as both teams shot very well from the field. Wingate converted 59 percent of its shots with the Abbey making half, sinking 14 of 28. The Crusaders led by as many as six early, but Wingate used a run to tie the contest and then the two teams traded the lead until late in the first half.
The two teams were separated by just three points with 5:11 to go with the Bulldogs holding a 34-31 lead and they would carry a 45-40 edge into the break.
Wingate put the game away early in the second half opening the period on a 14-4 run to move its lead to 59-44 in the opening 4:23.
The Crusaders did not get any closer than 13 points the rest of the way, as Wingate scored 50 points in the final period, sinking 17 of 32 shots to go on and win by 27, 95-68.
Belmont Abbey is back in action Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. when it goes on the road to face NCAA Division I member Elon in an exhibition contest. The game will count as a regular season game for the Phoenix but will serve as an exhibition for the Crusaders.