CHARLESTON, SC – Charleston Southern’s Chris Moore scored a game-high 15 points off the bench and Trent Drafts added 14 as the Buccaneers defeated the North Greenville University men’s basketball team 83-65 in an exhibition game on Thursday night.
Charleston Southern took advantage of a 22-10 run over seven minutes in the second half to put the game out of reach. The Buccaneers led by as many as 22 late in the game.
In the first half, Charleston Southern took an early six-point lead as the Crusaders went almost four minutest without a score. Capping the run for the Bucs was a tip-in by Ferdinand Cain off a missed jump shot from Donnell Covington. North Greenville fought back to a 16-16 tie on a three-point basket by Josh Burgess.
Charleston Southern took their biggest lead of the half at 28-20 with 1:36 remaining after Covington was fouled making a jump shot and converted the subsequent free-throw to complete a three-point play. The Crusaders cut the halftime lead to two, 28-26, as Victor Duck and Amonzo Gantt made back-to-back three-pointers on North Greenville’s final two possessions of the half.
"At halftime, we were right where we wanted to be," said North Greenville head coach Chad Lister. "Granted, we had not played a great half of basketball, but we made some big shots, we played unselfishly, we contested their attempts, and we were only down two."
North Greenville’s Andrew Nipper led all scoring with nine first-half points. The Crusaders shot 5-7 from thee-point range, while the Bucs only made three of 13 attempts.
The second half began with a Crusader turnover that was converted into a Charleston Southern lay-up by V.J. Fails. North Greenville’s PJ Schumacher made a three-pointer on the Crusaders’ ensuing possession to cut the lead to one, 30-29.
North Greenville would not get any closer. The Crusaders then turned the ball over eight times in the next eight minutes and found themselves down 60-43.
North Greenville finished the game with 23 turnovers.
"We certainly did not take care of the ball very well," added Lister. "We gave Charleston Southern loads of easy baskets, especially in the second half, and could not dig ourselves out of that hole.
"Fortunately, it was only an exhibition. We want to win every night out, but we still have some time before the regular season begins."
Gantt led the way for North Greenville with 13 points. Schumacher added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. Nipper and Duck finished with 11 points each.
The Crusaders travel to Kennesaw State on Saturday for another exhibition game before opening up the regular season at home against Tusculum on Tuesday, November 15.