Lenoir-Rhyne shot 52 percent from the floor as five players reached double figures to post a 94-68 home men's basketball victory over Belmont Abbey this afternoon at Shuford Gymnasium. The Bears improve to 8-2, while the Crusaders drop to 3-8.
Belmont Abbey opened the game scoring eight of the game's first 13 points, but Lenoir-Rhyne countered with an 18-3 run to take a lead they would never lose again.
Trailing 21-11, after that Bears jaunt, the Crusaders cut the lead down to four with a 7-2 run, but the hosts closed the half on a 15-3 spurt to carry a 51-29 lead into the halftime break. Belmont Abbey's last points came at the 2:18 mark, while Lenoir-Rhyne netted ten points in the final two minutes to surge ahead by 22.
Lenoir-Rhyne shot 55 percent in the first half, including 8-14 from three point range, while the Crusaders made just 10-26 from the field (38 percent).
The Bears outscored the Abbey 43-39 in the final 20 minutes as the Crusaders offense shot 40 percent, with the Bears converting 48 percent of their shots as they enjoyed a double digit lead for the remainder of the contest. They would go on to win by 26 points, 94-68.
Nick Hough led four Crusaders in double figures with 18 points. He added four rebounds and two assists. Deion Lane added 13 points, with Ray Chen netting 12 and four assists and Markel Pollard finishing with ten points. Belmont Abbey shot 39 percent from the floor but was undone by 16 turnovers.
Today's game was the last non-confernence game for the Crusaders until February 12 as the next 13 games will be against Conference Carolinas opponents, starting with Tuesday night's road contest at Southern Wesleyan.