The Belmont Abbey men's basketball team outscore Erskine 43-39 in the second half, but the Flying Fleet scored 38 first half points on the strength of 51 percent shooting to build a lead they would never lose in a 77-64 Conference Carolinas home victory this evening.
Erskine's winning streak rises to three as it improves to 9-9 overall and 6-6 in the league, while the Crusaders fall to 6-14 overall and 3-10 in Conference Carolinas.
The Flying Fleet never trailed after the Crusaders opened the game on a 6-2 courtesy of three pointers from Ben Ferguson and Ray Chen. The Flying Fleet countered that 6-2 flurry with a 36-11 jaunt to move their lead to 25 at 38-13 with 4:30 to play in the half.
Belmont Abbey fought back to close the half by scoring the final nine points to close the gap to 38-21 at halftime.
The Crusaders, which shot just 32 percent in the first half, outscored Erskine 43-39 in the final 20 minutes as Ray Chen scored 16 of his 23 points in the period. Belmont Abbey could not get the lead down to any fewer than 12 points as Erskine secured the 13 point victory.
Chen led the way with 23 points on 7-17 shooting from the field with six rebounds and an assist. Deion Lane added 12 points and five rebounds and Aidan Richard posted a career-high with ten points on a perfect five for five shooting performance.
Belmont Abbey shot 34 percent from the floor but just 19 percent from three point range.