TIGERVILLE, SC- Jordan Richmond (Russellville, AR) scored a career-high 24 points to lead North Greenville University to 80-66 victory over Allen University Thursday night in Hayes Gymnasium. Richmond was not alone in the scoring effort as Amonzo Gantt (Royston, GA) recorded his second double-double of the season by dropping 19 points and 12 rebounds on the visiting Yellowjackets.
It was a close-knit, tough game, but North Greenville was able to win the game in the paint. The Crusaders out-rebounded the Yellowjackets 47-22 and held a 38-18 points-in-the-paint advantage. To go along with Gantt's 12 rebounds, Josh Burgess (Pickens, SC) and Andrew Nipper (Cleveland, TN) added nine and seven respectively.
North Greenville surrendered the lead only twice the entire game and both were within the first ten minutes of the game. Once Richmond hit a three-pointer with 10:57 remaining in the first half, North Greenville would never trail again. The Crusaders took a 35-27 lead into halftime and then had to work hard to pull away from the scrappy Yellowjacket defense.
North Greenville got out to a 16-point lead early in the second half due to some sharpshooting. Victor Duck (Taylors, SC) hit a three-pointer just over 30 seconds into the half, and then PJ Schumacher (Waynesburg, PA) nailed two three-pointers in the next two minutes. In the end, the Crusaders would pull away for the 80-66 victory.
"We are very happy with the win, but are not necessarily pleased with our performance," said head coach Chad Lister. "We have some things to work on before Saturday if we intend to keep on winning."
Two Allen players scored in double-figures. Corey Saunders and Karega Tucker both scored 17 points. The Yellowjackets shot32.8% from the field, while North Greenville hit 59.2% of their shots.
North Greenville improves to 3-10 on the season, while Allen drops to 0-13. The Crusaders will be back in action Saturday at 4:00 p.m. as they play host to Coker College.