The Belmont Abbey men's basketball team broke the school record with 20 three pointers on 26 attempts (69 percent) as sophomore guard Nick Hough matched his career-high with 27 points on a perfect shooting afternoon as the Crusaders earned their first Conference Carolinas victory with a 91-71 win this afternoon over Erskine. Belmont Abbey improves to 4-9 overall and 1-5 in Conference Carolinas, while Erskine drops to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in Conference Carolinas.
Today's game was played before 1,000 middle and elementary school students in College's fourth installment of the REDucation Day, which was coordinated by Director of Marketing and Promotions and Broadcasting Brian Rushing.
Belmont Abbey shot a season best 58.5 percent (31-53) while converting 20 of 26 from beyond the arc and 9-13 from the line.
Hough posted a perfect shooting afternoon as he made all nine of his field goal attempts, seven from three point range, while sinking both of his free throw attempts. His 27 points led all scorers. Drexler Clark came off the bench to net 18, while Deion Lane and Markel Pollard both added 11. Spencer Wilson handed out nine assists and Ray Chen added six as 23 of the Crusaders 31 baskets were assisted.
In the opening minutes, Erskine grabbed four offensive rebounds and junior Joby Glymph hit a jumper to put the Flying Fleet up 10-9 with 14:33 to go in the first. It was the last time Erskine would have a lead in the game. A 14-2 run put the Crusaders up by twelve with just under seven minutes left in the opening half. By halftime, the Abbey led 42-30.
In the second half, the Abbey went on an 8-1 run to go up by nineteen, and finished the day with a 20-point win. The second-half lead never dipped below 12 and rose to as high as 27 on a Hough three pointer with 7:28 to go in the contest. Belmont Abbey outscored Erskine 49-41 in the final 20 minutes.
The Crusaders are back in action tomorrow when they host Emmanuel College at 6:00 p.m.