BELMONT, N.C. -- Deion Lane posted a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds and four other players topped double figures as Belmont Abbey cruised to a 94-66 men's basketball victory over Piedmont International Wednesday night at the Wheeler Center. The game marked the final non-conference action of the season for the Crusaders.
Belmont Abbey (8-8) started slowly, trailing 12-11 to the Bruins, who are members of the National Christian College Athletic Association, just six minutes in. But Ferguson hit a three-pointer that capped a 7-2 run that put gave the Crusaders the lead for good, 18-14. Piedmont trailed by six, 26-20, after a pair of free throws with 6:53 left in the period, when The Abbey scored 13 straight points, its best run of the season, to hold a 39-20 advantage at the 1:33 mark. The lead at halftime was 39-23.
In the second half, Belmont Abbey hit 56.3 percent from the field, building toward the 28-point final margin, the biggest of the game. The Crusaders held a 44-25 advantage on the boards and outscored the Bruins 52-18 in the paint. Wednesday's contest also marked the first time all year that the Belmont Abbey bench outscored the opponent (23-19).
Belmont Abbey returns to Conference Carolinas action on Saturday when it travels to Limestone for the first of three straight games on the road.