Tsitouris Grabs 20 Rebounds in 79-62 Win Over Mt. Olive

Tsitouris Grabs 20 Rebounds in 79-62 Win Over Mt. Olive

BELMONT, N.C. - Senior forward Emry Tsitouris scored 14 points and pulled down a season-high 20 rebounds in the Crusaders' 79-62 victory over Mt. Olive today.  The win puts The Abbey at 8-4 on the season, with a 5-0 conference mark.  The Trojans are now 4-8 with a 2-2 conference record.

The Abbey started the game off strong, getting off to a quick 5-0 lead.  Mt. Olive did not score in the first four minutes of the contest.  The team went on a 7-0 run in the last 1:37 of the quarter, to end the period with a 15-8 lead.  After trading baskets in the early part of the second, The Abbey went on a 12-3 run over the last 3:52 of the quarter.  This gave Belmont Abbey a 37-25 lead at halftime.  Tsitouris grabbed seven rebounds in the second quarter, and 11 in the half.

The Abbey did not score in the first three minutes of the third, but a Tsitouris jumper ended the drought.  Then the Crusader defense forced the Trojans into a three-minute scoring drought.  Later in the period, Belmont Abbey went on a 10-run over a 2:25 span to take a 52-41 lead.  Alex Busch ended the period with a three-pointer to give The Abbey a 58-45 advantage going into the final quarter.

Belmont Abbey started the fourth quarter off strong, not allowing a Trojan field goal over the first 3:35 of the period.  In that span, the Crusaders increased their lead to 64-47, capped by a jumper from senior Briana Grier.  In the final minute, Taylor Gittings hit a jump shot to score the final Abbey point of the game.  The Crusaders won the contest 79-62.  Belmont Abbey did not trail at any point in the game.

On the day, Tsitouris' 14 points and 20 boards led The Abbey's efforts.  She also went 7-for-12 from the field.  Freshman Maria Kuhlman scored 14 points and pulled down five rebounds.  Freshman Allie Downing recorded 12 points and 8 boards.  Keyanna Spivey grabbed nine rebounds, tying her career-high, while Briana Grier handed out a season-high eight assists.

Belmont Abbey will next face Emmanuel College (Ga.) on Friday, January 5.  That game will tip-off at 2 p.m. in the Wheeler Center.