SALISBURY, N.C. -- Deion Lane posted Belmont Abbey's first double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but a strong second half lifted Catawba to an 82-60 victory over the Crusaders Saturday afternoon. Jacob Wilson also reached double figures in scoring with 17 points.
Belmont Abbey (2-2) hit five of its first six shots to open an early leads of 10-2 and 12-5, but Catawba (3-1) rallied with a 7-0 run to later take a 16-14 lead midway through the first half. The Crusaders tallied five in a row to regain the lead before the teams traded points back and forth. Lane hit a three-pointer with 4:48 remaining in the first half to give The Abbey a 27-25 advantage, but Catawba scored six in a row and never trailed again. It led 33-30 at the break.
The Crusaders hung tough in the second half, trailing by only two, 45-43 with 14 minutes left, but an 11-2 run stretched the lead to double digits. The Indians also closed the game on a 10-2 run for the final margin.
Belmont Abbey shot 54.5 percent from the field in the opening period, while holding Catawba to 46.9 percent. However, in the second half, the fortunes reversed as the Indians outshot the Crusaders 59.4 to 35.7 percent. Catawba also held a 36-33 rebounding edge and forced BAC into 21 turnovers, almost double their season average.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday when they host Christendom at 6 p.m. at the Wheeler Center. Student-athletes will be collecting canned goods at the door to donate to MiraVia.