MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey answered a Mount Olive basket with a 17-2 run and never trailed again, resulting in an 85-68 Conference Carolinas men's basketball victory Saturday night at Kornegay Arena.
DeQuan Abrom tallied 26 points and six rebounds, while three others topped double figures. The Crusaders connected on a season-high 58.8 percent from the field (68.2 percent in the first half) and made eight three-pointers.
With the victory, The Abbey improves to 19-6 overall and maintains its hold of second place in the league standings. The win also clinched a home game in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament next month.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Abrom hit 10 of 17 attempts from the field and six of eight free throws. He also added four steals.
- Sean Halloran registered 17 points and five rebounds, while Romeao Ferguson tallied 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
- John Bowen scored 11 points, his eighth double-figure scoring game of the season, and grabbed four boards.
- The Trojans converted a second-chance jumper 29 seconds into the contest, before Abrom, Halloran and Bowen hit jumpers to put the Crusaders ahead for good. After another UMO basket, BAC ran off 11 straight points for a 17-4 lead.
- Mount Olive (11-15, 9-7) closed to with seven twice -- the last at 25-18 with 10:29 to play -- but Halloran and Brayden Gault hit back-to-back threes to push the lead back to double digits for the rest of the contest.
- The biggest lead was 22 points at 80-58 with 3:31 remaining.
- The Belmont Abbey defense held Mount Olive to 38.3 percent shooting.
- The sweep of Mount Olive was the Crusaders' fourth of the season.
- Belmont Abbey continues its road swing with a visit to King on Wednesday. The Crusaders dropped a 78-75 decision to the Tornado in Belmont on January 19.