Second-Half Surge Lifts Crusaders to 82-77 Win

Second-Half Surge Lifts Crusaders to 82-77 Win

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BELMONT, N.C. -- Jacob Wilson led four players in double figures with 18 points and Deion Lane just missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds, propelling Belmont Abbey to an 82-77 victory over Erskine in men's basketball action Wednesday night.

Ben Ferguson tallied 14 points and eight rebounds, while Gunnar Hardarson and Drexler Clark chipped in 13 and 10 points, respectively. Zezmon Steeple led all scorers with 21 points for the Flying Fleet (7-10, 2-6).

The Crusaders (8-8, 4-4) won their third straight game by shooting 53.3 percent (16-30) after intermission to rally for a 39-37 deficit at halftime. They hit just 40.0 percent in the opening 20 minutes and trailed by as 11, 35-24, with 5:02 left in the period. A 13-2 run tied the game at 37-37 in the final minute before a jumper with four ticks left sent Erskine to the locker room with the lead.

In the second half, Belmont Abbey fell behind by as many as seven, 50-43, with 15:58 left, but used a 9-3 run to cut the deficit to one, just over two minutes later. After an Erskine three send the lead back to four, the Crusaders scored 10 straight points for a six-point advantage.

Erksine cut the deficit to one, 66-65, with 6:17 remaining, but Clark hit a key three, then answered a Flying Fleet basket to prevent a further rally. Wilson and Ferguson each hit a pair of free throws in the final 28 seconds.

Belmont Abbey begins a tough two-game road swing Saturday afternoon at Barton.