Belmont Abbey junior guard Morgan Midkiff broke a 63-63 tie with a three pointer with twelve seconds left, and Lenoir-Rhyne's tying attempt at the buzzer was off as the Crusaders women's basketball team closed the game on a 15-3 run in the final 3:45 to earn a 66-63 win at Shuford Gymnasium this afternoon.
Belmont Abbey improves to 7-2, while the Bears drop to 3-6.
After the Bears Jazmine Charles gave L-R a 60-51 lead with 4:03 left, Belmont Abbey held the hosts to just three points-all from the free throw line-the rest of the way as the Bears missed their final five shots and turned the ball over three times in the final four minutes.
The Crusaders took advantage, closing the game on a 15-3 run that started with two McKenzie Owen layups, which was four of her game-high 25 points.
After a Bears turnover, Tajanna Brown connected on a layup, and then tied the game at 60 on a traditional three point play after a Bears offensive foul on the preceding possession.
Charles gave the Bears a one point lead when she connected on the first of two free throws, but Midkiff answered with a three pointer at the 1:15 mark to move the Abbey ahead 63-61.
Charles tied the game at 63 with two free throws at the 31 second mark. After an Abbey timeout, Midkiff swished a three with 12 seconds to play to produce the winning points.
The Bears called a timeout with ten seconds left to set up the tying play, but the shot fell off the rim and Briana Grier grabbed the rebound to secure the win.
The contest featured eight ties and 11 lead changes. Belmont Abbey trailed 32-27 at the half as the Bears shot 48 percent to just 32 for the Crusaders.
For the game, Belmont Abbey made 40 percent of its shots while Lenoir-Rhyne sank just 38 percent as its second half total was just 30 percent (10-33) after a solid first half.
Owen led all scorers with 25 points on 9-22 shooting with seven rebounds, three blocks and an assist. Midkiff added 18 with four assists and Brown totaled 11 points, 13 rebounds and one steal.
The Crusaders are back in action Saturday when it goes on the road to face Mars Hill.