The Chowan men's basketball team led from start to finish to defeat Belmont Abbey 74-57 this afternoon in Murfreesboro. Chowan moves to 3-1 while the Crusaders drop to 2-2.
Chowan shot 52 percent from the field and outrebounded the Crusaders 42-19 as the Hawks opened the game on a 20-8 run and never looked back.
Belmont Abbey trailed 33-21 with 3:02 to go in the first half but the Crusaders closed the period on a 7-2 run to trim their halftime deficit to 35-28 at the break.
The Crusaders started the second half outscoring Chowan 5-2 in the first 1:04 to close the Hawks lead down to three at 37-34, but the hosts countered with a 10-2 run to move the lead back to double digits at 47-36 with 11:01 to play.
From there, the Crusaders got no closer than 10 points as the Hawks earned the 13 point win.
The Crusaders shot 37 percent from the field and was 5-14 (35 percent) from three point range while making 20 of 29 from the free throw line.
Belmont Abbey is back in action Tuesday at 7:30 when it opens Conference Carolinas play at North Greenville.