Crusaders Extend Best Start with Win over Limestone

Crusaders Extend Best Start with Win over Limestone

BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey shot 55 percent from the field and four players topped double figures as the Crusaders remained undefeated in Conference Carolinas play with a 92-74 victory over Limestone Saturday afternoon at the Wheeler Center.

The Abbey has equalled its best start since 2002-03 as it improved to 9-2 overall and 4-0 in league play. Limestone falls to 6-4, 1-2.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • DeQuan Abrom led the way with 20 points, while Romeao Ferguson added 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Sean Halloran hit four three-pointers en route to 17 points, while LJ McCoy added 11 points.
  • Belmont Abbey trailed 8-3 before Head Coach Billy Taylor called a 30-second timeout.
  • The Crusaders responded with a 21-5 run that included 11 straight points. The latter spurt broke a 13-13 tie for an 11-point advantage at the 12:04 mark.
  • A 60.0 percent shooting effort (18 of 30) in the opening period lifted The Abbey to a 45-30 lead at intermission. It marked the fourth time this season that the Crusaders made at least 60 percent in a half.
  • Another 11-0 run in the second half extended to 18-5, pushing the difference to 30 points, 80-50 with 7:26 to play. The margin was the Crusaders' biggest of the season.
  • Belmont Abbey finished the contest at 55.0 percent from the field, while limiting Limestone to 43.9 percent.
  • The Crusaders' 12 three-pointers were a new season-high, while it also held a 37-31 rebounding advantage.
  • Belmont Abbey is now 9-0 this season when leading at halftime.

UP NEXT

  • Belmont Abbey wraps up its pre-Christmas schedule on Wednesday when it hosts Lenoir-Rhyne in a Southeast Region showdown. The REDucation Day game begins at 12:30 and invites middle and elementary-aged children to campus for a day of learning and basketball.
  • The Crusaders entered last week No. 6 in the D2SIDA poll before Saturday's win, while the Bears have lost two in a row this week after climbing to No. 4.