Two late free throws by Belmont Abbey's Darryl Durham completed a double digit comeback to overtake the Winston-Salem State Rams, 76-75 at the Wheeler Center.
With the loss, the #19 ranked WSSU Rams fall to 2-2 on the early season, while Belmont Abbey moves to 3-3.
Winston-Salem State trailed early but took the lead and raced to an 12 point lead with 13:47 in the first half, 18-6, on a layup and free throw by Victor Holloway.
Belmont abbey cut the lead back down to five points, twice late in the first half, but WSSU managed to push the lead back to nine points before the Crusaders cut the lead to six heading into the locker room at halftime.
WSSU started the second half strong and got the lead back into double digits, and just like the first half at the 12:53 mark, the Rams held a double digit 11 point advantage.
Belmont Abbey would start chipping away at the Rams lead, but with 4:54 remaining, WSSU still held a 9 point advantage.
Winston-Salem State would be outscored 35-23 the rest of the game and in the final minute, had their lead cut to a mere four points at 75-71 with :52 remaining.
The game eventually came down to Belmont Abbey's Darryl Durham, who sank two free throws with 0.2 seconds left, giving the Crusaders the 76-75 upset over the 19th-ranked Winston-Salem State Rams. this evening at the Wheeler Center.
Marquez Jones led the Rams with 21 points, while WyKevin Bazemore added 16 points and Tyre Desmore scored 14 points to go with seven assists. Preston Ross chipped in 13 points and five rebounds, while Brian Okam pulled down a game high 11 rebounds.
Belmont Abbey was led by Jonathan Garrett's 20 points, while Chris Davis added 15 points and Justin Kuhlman adding 12 points and five rebounds. Darryl Durham scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds.