WILSON, N.C. -- DeQuan Abrom scored 28 points, but a rebound basket with nine seconds remaining lifted Barton to a 78-76 victory over Belmont Abbey Wednesday night in the Conference Carolinas men's basketball opener for both teams. Jacob Wilson added 16 points and six rebounds for the Crusaders (4-4, 0-1).
Isaiah Buck-Lowman, who led Barton with 16 points and 10 boards, tipped in a missed three-pointer for the deciding points. Ben Ferguson had a chance to win the game with a three in the final seconds, but his attempt was off target.
The Abbey trailed 70-64 with 5:25 left, but used a 7-0 run capped by an Abrom jumper at the 4:03 mark to take a 71-70 lead. The Bulldogs (3-4, 1-0) answered with six straight points to go up five with 48 seconds left, but the Crusaders mounted a furious rally. Wilson hit a three with 39 seconds left, then Abrom tied the game at 76 with a steal and layup seven seconds later. That set up the final sequence.
Belmont Abbey shot 51.6 percent in the contest, but made only five of 18 shots from three-point range. Barton held a 43-36 rebounding advantage and forced six more turnovers (16-10).
The Crusader return home on Saturday for an afternoon tilt with North Greenville in the back end of a doubleheader. Tip-off is slated for around 4 p.m.