Crusaders Rally Late, but Fall Just Short of Limestone

Crusaders Rally Late, but Fall Just Short of Limestone

By John Fitzgerald

The Men's Basketball team made a strong rally in the second half of tonight's contest at Limestone College.  However, the Abbey fell just short, losing to the Saints 64-59 in a competitive matchup.  The loss puts the Crusaders at 7-14 on the season, including 4-10 in conference play while the Saints moved to 7-14 overall and 5-8 in Conference Carolinas play.

With 3:20 left in the game, Limestone's Shaq dance made a free throw that put the Saints in front 58-47.  From there, the Crusaders went on a 12-2 run to pull within a point with 19 seconds to play.  But free throws would give Limestone just enough to hold on for a 64-59 win.

The opening minutes were very competitive with multiple lead changes throughout the first half.  Later in the half, trailing 13-10, the Abbey defense forced Limestone into a 10:12 scoreless drought.  At halftime, the Crusader lead was 27-18.

The second half was a neck-to-neck battle, with both teams crashing hard on the rebounds and playing stingy defense.  Unfortunately for the Crusaders, Limestone took a 37-36 lead with 13 minutes to go and never looked back.  In the end, the Saints took the 64-59 win.

The Abbey was led by sophomore Nick Hough, who scored 22 points, including 6 of 9 from three-point range.  Senior Ray Chen contributed 19 points, including 26 in the second half, as well as a team-high five assists.

Sophomore Deion Lane led the Abbey with 11 rebounds and also handed out three assists. 

The Men's Basketball team made a strong rally in the second half of tonight's contest at Limestone College.  However, the Abbey fell just short, losing to the Saints 64-59 in a competitive matchup.  The loss puts the Crusaders at 7-14 on the season, including 4-10 in conference play while the Saints moved to 7-14 overall and 5-8 in Conference Carolinas play.

With 3:20 left in the game, Limestone's Shaq dance made a free throw that put the Saints in front 58-47.  From there, the Crusaders went on a 12-2 run to pull within a point with 19 seconds to play.  But free throws would give Limestone just enough to hold on for a 64-59 win.

The opening minutes were very competitive with multiple lead changes throughout the first half.  Later in the half, trailing 13-10, the Abbey defense forced Limestone into a 10:12 scoreless drought.  At halftime, the Crusader lead was 27-18.

The second half was a neck-to-neck battle, with both teams crashing hard on the rebounds and playing stingy defense.  Unfortunately for the Crusaders, Limestone took a 37-36 lead with 13 minutes to go and never looked back.  In the end, the Saints took the 64-59 win.

The Abbey was led by sophomore Nick Hough, who scored 22 points, including 6 of 9 from three-point range.  Senior Ray Chen contributed 19 points, including 26 in the second half, as well as a team-high five assists.

Sophomore Deion Lane led the Abbey with 11 rebounds and also handed out three assists.

The Abbey will next face off against North Greenville University on Tuesday night in the Wheeler Center.