BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey's Kyle Phillips led all scorers with 25 points as the Crusaders men's basketball team ended the Lees-McRae College Bobcats season 96-65 win in Williams Gymnasium.
Belmont Abbey moves to 14-13 overall and 9-11 in Conference Carolinas, while Lees-McRae ends its season with a record of 3-24 overall and 2-18 in Conference Carolinas.
The Abbey shot 56 percent as Phillips sank nine of 16 field goal attempts with six rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal. Tyshawn Good added 15 points, while Terrone Sheffey posted 12 points and Patrick Kuhlman added 11 with four assists. Chad Patus posted nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Richard Barbee also had nine points.
Lees-McRae shot 39 percent as Adam McFerran led the Bobcats with 16 points. He was the only Lees-McRae player to reach double figures. Senior Josh Kurtz playing in his final game had eight points and three rebounds, and follow senior Vlady Nikolov didn't score in the contest.
Belmont Abbey led 37-28 at the half and outscored the Bobcats 59-37 in the final 20 minutes as it shot 57 percent from the floor in the stanza.
The Crusaders never trailed after being down 2-0 and led by as many as 14 points in the first half. In the second half, the the Abbey led by as many as 34 points at 95-61 with 1:32 left.