CENTRAL, S.C. -- Belmont Abbey broke a 38-38 tie early in the second half with 18 straight points, the longest run of the season, lifting the Crusaders to a 67-50 victory over Southern Wesleyan Saturday afternoon at Tysinger Gymnasium. DeQuan Abrom tallied 29 points and nine rebounds, while Sean Halloran added 12 points, four rebounds and five assists as The Abbey (14-3, 8-0) equaled its season-long winning streak at five games.
Southern Wesleyan (2-14, 1-6) tied the game at 38 with a pair of free throws with 15:04 to play, but were held scoreless for the next 5:44. Abrom (seven) and Halloran (six) combined for 13 points during the run, which extended to 20-1 and a 19-point lead over the next two possessions.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Belmont Abbey started the contest slowly, trailing 8-2. After the Crusaders closed to within one at 8-7, the Warriors stretched the margin back to eight, 15-8, with a 7-1 run.
- Trailing 24-17, The Abbey ran off nine straight points for its first lead of the contest, 26-24, at the 3:57 mark. A layup by Abrom with 42 seconds left sent BAC into the locker room with the lead, 29-28.
- Southern Wesleyan went back on top on the first possession of the second half on a three, but Halloran answered with a three 13 seconds later and the Crusaders never trailed again. The score was tied at 36 and 38 before the gigantic run.
- Belmont Abbey outshot SWU 44.2 percent to 27.1 percent. The percentages included a 52.2 effort after intermission for the Crusaders, compared to a 20.7 total by the Warriors. Belmont Abbey has now made at least half its shots in 17 of 34 halves this season. SWU's shooting percentage was the best defensive effort of the season for The Abbey.
- Belmont Abbey improved to 13-0 when leading at the half.
- The 22 points allowed in the second half were the lowest by an opponent this season. The Crusaders previously allowed 23 in two first halves and 24 to Queens in the second half.
- Belmont Abbey returns home after three straight on the road to face Christendom on Wednesday. The contest is the final non-conference action of the year for the Crusaders and is it the back end of a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader.