Crusaders Win In Overtime

Crusaders Win In Overtime

By John Fitzgerald

The Belmont Abbey Men's basketball team won a thrilling 107-103 game in overtime this evening over the Bluefield State Big Blues.  The win over the independent school from Bluefield, West Virginia improved the Abbey's record to 9-15.  Bluefield State dipped to 6-16.  It was the first time all season the Crusaders had won back-to-back games.

It was a close contest almost from start to finish.  Neither team was able to get a lead of more than four points until the 4:05 mark in the first half when a Bluefield State free throw put the Big Blues in front 36-31.  The Abbey stormed back, ending the half on a 17-4 run to take a 48-40 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Belmont Abbey continued to put points on the board, but Bluefield State kept chipping away at the Crusader lead.  A 10-2 Bluefield State run tied the game at 58.  From that point on, neither team built a lead greater than four points.

Senior Ray Chen and sophomore Nick Hough scored each of the Abbey's final 12 points of the second half, which ended in a 90-90 tie.

The overtime period was all Abbey.  Belmont Abbey never trailed in the period and after the first minute, allowed its lead to sink below two points only once.  In the end, the Crusaders won the contest 107-103.

Four Crusaders scored in double figures, led by Hough's 27.  Deion Lane chipped in 15 and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

As a unit, the Abbey shot 55 percent from the field, including 45 percent from three-point range.  Belmont Abbey has now won three of its past four games.

The Crusaders will next face off against King University in Bristol, TN.