The Abbey trailed 31-24 at halftime after a dismal shooting percentage in the first period. BAC managed only 26 percent from the floor but out-rebounded Coker 28-11 to keep the game close. Belmont Abbey tied the game at the minute mark in the second period but didn’t take the lead until a pair of free-throws by Damien Humphrey with to play. The Crusaders made five of six from the foul line in the final minute to hold off the Cobras.
Humphrey recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony Bell led all scorers with 20 points. Johnny Jackson led CC with 16 points, while Ben Brim added 14 and Michael Pierce contributed 12 points.
The Abbey will next play a home non-conference game against