BELMONT, N.C. -- Romeao Ferguson and L.J. McCoy each topped 20 points in establishing new career highs, and two others topped double figures, leading Belmont Abbey to an 85-78 victory over cross-town rival Johnson C. Smith Tuesday night at the Wheeler Center. The win gives the Crusaders their best start since 2012-13 with a 4-1 record.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ferguson posted a team-high 21 points, while chipping in six rebounds and five assists. McCoy hit five three-pointers en route to 20 points, while also adding three assists.
- Ben Ferguson also connected for five three-pointers for 15 points. He moved into fourth-place on The Abbey's all-time three-pointers list.
- John Bowen also reached double figures with 13 points, while adding eight rebounds and blocking five shots.
- After trailing 15-8 in the game's first five minutes, Belmont Abbey used a 10-2 run to take the lead for the first time, 18-17.
- A 19-10 run over the final 5:28 of the first half pushed the lead to double-digits, 48-38 at the break. The Crusaders shot 60.7 percent in the period, their best shooting half of the season.
- Belmont Abbey led by as many as 17 in the second half, 62-45 at the 13:22 mark, but Johnson C. Smith did not quit.
- The Golden Bulls (1-2) closed the gap to two at 80-78 with 2:25 to play, but The Abbey scored the final five points of the game to secure the win.
- Belmont Abbey topped 50 percent shooting overall (57.1/28-49) for the first time this season.
- Belmont Abbey takes a short holiday break before facing another crosstown rival, Queens, on Saturday in Charlotte.