BELMONT, N.C. -- Deion Lane just missed a triple-double, settling for his fourth double-double of the year, but Belmont Abbey fell just short of upsetting Pfeiffer, 110-101, Wednesday night in Conference Carolinas men's basketball action. Lane finished with career-highs in points with 32 and rebounds with 15, while adding seven assists.
Four other Crusaders topped double figures during the shootout, with Drexler Clark tallying 23 points and Ben Ferguson 14. Daniel Spencer chipped in 12 with five rebounds with Jacob Wilson registering 11. A.J. Clark of Pfeiffer led all scorers with 34 points.
Belmont Abbey (12-13, 8-9) played one of its best games of the season, hitting 51.4 percent from the field while making 11 three-pointers and holding a 45-21 rebounding advantage. However, the Falcons (23-3, 15-3) shot 66.0 percent from the field, hit 13 treys and forced 20 turnovers. They shot an incredible 73.1 percent during a 65-point second half.
The Crusaders fell behind by eight, 14-6 in the early going, but used a 13-3 run to re-take the lead at 27-23 with 11:50 left in the half. After Pfeiffer pulled to within one, 33-32, The Abbey posted a 10-2 run to lead by nine, 43-34, with 5:41 to play. The lead was seven, 52-45, at the break.
In the second half, the Crusaders pushed the margin to 11 at its biggest point, 68-57 with 15:35 left, but Pfeiffer scored 11 straight to even the game at 68. Later with BAC holding a 77-75 lead, the Falcons scored six straight and never trailed again. Despite trailing by 11, Belmont Abbey did not quit, closing to four, 95-91 with 3:49 remaining, but all 10 of its free throw attempts in the final 56 seconds to preserve the victory.
Belmont Abbey closes out its 2016-17 home schedule on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. contest against Southern Wesleyan. The program's four seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.