BELMONT, N.C. -- On a night he was honored for reaching 1,000 career points in a pregame ceremony, junior DeQuan Abrom tallied 42 points, including a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime and the go-ahead runner with 2.9 seconds remaining, lifting Belmont Abbey to a 95-92 come-from-behind overtime victory over Mount Olive. The Crusaders rallied from 16 points down over the final 9:51 to maintain second place in the Conference Carolinas men's basketball standings.
Abrom connected on 15 of 26 overall from the field, including a school-record nine of 13 from three-point range, plus hit all three of his free throws to tie two others for fourth on the all-time single-game scoring list. His total was the most since Tyshawn Good tallied 43 against King on Feb. 9, 2013. Abrom also led the team in assists (seven) and steals (four).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Romeao Ferguson and Sean Halloran also topped double figures. Ferguson earned his fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Halloran added 12 points.
- After Mount Olive took a 67-51 advantage with just under 10 minutes to play, Belmont Abbey went on a 17-3 run over 6:44 to cut the gap to four.
- The Trojans pushed the lead back to seven, but Halloran hit a layup and a three-pointer to make the deficit 75-73. After two free throws, Ferguson pulled the Crusaders within one with 24 seconds left, but two more free throws set up Abrom's heroics. He stepped back from just to the right of the top of the key to force overtime.
- In the extra session, Mount Olive opened with a three, but The Abbey answered with a 7-0 run to lead by four. The Trojans tied the game at 86-86, only to see a 5-0 run by BAC over the next 1:31. A pair of threes around a Halloran free throw, evened the game at 92 with 12 seconds remaining.
- Belmont Abbey should 51.6 percent in the second half and 66.7 percent in overtime, but were outshot 52.7 percent to 50.7 percent for the contest.
- The Crusaders forced 18 turnovers, while committing only nine, their second-lowest total in 2018-19.
- The 16-point deficit was the largest overcome in a win this season.
- The overtime was the first of the year for Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders' last overtime game came 364 days ago, a 116-109 loss to Lees-McRae on Jan. 31, 2018.
- The contest was tied at the half, a first for Belmont Abbey this year.