Four of five Belmont Abbey starters reached double figures, but Queens shot 59 percent from the floor as the 22nd-ranked Royals pulled away for good midway through the first half to earn a 92-74 men's basketball victory this evening inside the Wheeler Center. Queens remains unbeaten at 5-0, while the Crusaders slip to 2-4.
The Crusaders shot a respectable 45 percent from the floor, but only making five of 22 from three point range while turning the ball over 22 times.
Queens, which had three players reach double figures, shot 59 percent from the floor, including a 47 percent effort from beyond the arc.
Both teams offenses came out of the gate slowly, as the two teams combined for just 11 points in the first four minutes. The Crusaders last lead of the afternoon came at the 15:07 mark as Markel Pollard sped around two Royals defenders and sank a running layup to give the Crusaders a 9-8 lead.
Queens answered with a 12-0 run over the next 2:29 to take a lead it would never lose again. The Royals first half lead rose to as high as 18 at 50-32, coming on their last possession of the half, but Chen sank a buzzer beating layup to close the scoring with Queens holding a 50-34 lead.
The Royals shot a torrid 64 percent (20-31) from the field in the first half, including six of nine from three point range.
The second half was much more competitive, as the Royals only outscored the Crusaders by two, 42-40, but they maintained a comfortable lead throughout. Belmont Abbey only got as close as nine, coming on a Nick Hough free throw with 14:24 to go.
The visitors lead rose to as high as 29, coming with 4:02 left, and the Royals went on to win by 18.
Belmont Abbey is back in action Wednesday at 7:30 as it travels to Lees-McRae.