Crusaders scratch Bobcats, 98-74

BELMONT, N.C. --- The Belmont Abbey College men's basketball team placed four players in double figures and shot 54.7 percent from the field en route to a 98-74 victory over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday evening.

Belmont Abbey (13-6, 6-5 CC) posted a field goal percentage of over 50 percent in each half, including a 55.2 percent clip in the first half, as Lees-McRae (1-16, 1-10 CC) recorded a field goal percentage of 43.3 percent in the contest. The Abbey won the battle on the glass by a 40-32 margin, including a 14-10 advantage on the offensive boards, while outscoring the Bobcats, 42-20, in the paint.

Charles Clarke (Orlando, Fla.) paced the Bobcats with 18 points off the bench, going 5-for-8 from the floor while converting each of his six free throw attempts. Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) and Corey Young (Bluff City, Tenn.) each added nine points, as Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) dished out a game-high five assists.

Tyshawn Good led the way for Belmont Abbey with a game-high 25 points, going 8-for-17 from the floor and 7-for-9 at the free throw line. Darryl Durham nearly posted a double-double with 20 markers and a contest-best nine boards, knocking down each of his nine field goal attempts and going 2-for-2 at the charity stripe. Jay Council and Terrone Sheffey chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively, as Chris Davis added a game-high four steals.

Belmont Abbey opened the game with a 10-6 run before the Bobcats responded, claiming a 12-10 advantage with a 6-0 spurt that was capped by a three-point play by Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) with 14:06 left in the half. The Crusaders answered with a 14-5 surge, taking a 24-17 lead on a Good triple before Young countered with a trey to cut the lead to 24-20 at the 9:11 mark.

The Abbey responded once again, closing out the half with an 18-13 run to take a 42-33 lead into the intermission following a late Good freebie. Belmont Abbey carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with a 24-10 run to push the advantage to 66-43 with 13:42 to play. The Crusaders would hold on from there, closing out the win with a late three-point play by Tim Mason with 1:41 left on the clock.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Thursday when the Bobcats travel to Gaffney, S.C. to take on Limestone College in conference play at 7:30 p.m.

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