BELMONT, N.C. -- Junior forward Deion Lane scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Drexler Clark added a double-double of 14 points and 10 assists, leading Belmont Abbey to an 82-75 men's basketball victory over North Greenville Saturday night at the Wheeler Center. With the victory, the Crusaders even their record at 12-12 overall and 8-8 in Conference Carolinas.
Lane hit eight of 10 from the field, including all four three-point attempts, plus was perfect on nine free-throw attempts. Jacob Wilson also topped the 20-point mark, going for 21 points, including a nine-of 11 effort from the charity stripe. Overall, The Abbey hit 45 percent from the field and 84.8 percent (28-of-33) from the free throw line.
North Greenville (8-17, 3-15) had four players in double figures, led by Daniel Burchette with 18.
Belmont Abbey opened the game on an 8-0 run, but NGU answered with the same surge to tie the game. The hosts responded to lead by as many as seven, 31-24 with 5:51 left in the period, but North Greenville scored six straight to even the tie the game again. The vistors scored four straight to lead 37-33, before The Abbey rallied with a 4-0 run of its own, only to see a three-pointer at the buzzer lift NGU to a 40-37 advantage at the break.
The difference in the second half was another Belmont Abbey surge at the beginning. It outscored NGU 12-1 over the first 4:36, and the margin was never less than four after that. BAC pushed the lead to 10 for the first time at 61-51 with 8:06 to play, but North Greenville used a dunk at the 5:15 mark to trail 69-65. However, The Abbey scored six in a row to send the difference back to double digits, then hit seven of 10 free throws in the final 2:32 to preserve the win.
Belmont Abbey continues its homestand Wednesday night with a 7:30 p.m. contest against Pfeiffer.