TIGERVILLE, SC- On an afternoon where the nets in Hayes Gymnasium seemed to be on fire, Daniel Morbitzer (Lexington, SC) scored a career-high 22 points to lead North Greenville to a 94-78 victory over visiting Morris College. Morbitzer five of eight shots from the field and six of seven from the free throw line to score 16 second half points to help North Greenville hold off the late-charging Hornets.
North Greenville held a consistent double-digit point advantage throughout the first half, and got up by as many as 17 points with just over nine minutes to play in the first half. Thanks to the shooting of Carlos Gore and Joseph Hayward, the Hornets were able to cut the lead to nine at halftime.
The excitement picked up in the second half as North Greenville continued to hold off the rallying Hornets. The highlight of the game came at the 9:38 mark in the second half when Jordan Richmond (Russellville, AR) threw a beauty of an alley-oop to Amonzo Gantt (Royston , GA), who threw down the dunk to a standing ovation of Crusader Crazies. Then came a three-point dual between the two teams. First, Dustin Howard hit a three-pointer for Morris with 4:00 remaining. PJ Schumacher (Waynesburg, PA) answered twenty second later with a triple of his own. Richmond then knocked down a three-pointer to give North Greenville an 80-71 advantage. Hayward responded with another trifecta for the Hornets on the next trip down the floor. North Greenville closed the game with a 14-4 run to win the game 94-78.
Five Crusaders scored in double figures. Morbitzer and Schumacher led the team with 22 points each. Schumacher also contributed seven assists. Richmond, Gantt, and Josh Burgess (Pickens, SC) each scored 16, 15, 12 points respectively. Gantt recored his tenth double-double of the season by also grabbing 13 rebounds. Hayward led Morris with 20 points. Gore and Justine Beaufort each added 14 points.
North Greenville improves to 10-13 and will be back in action Monday night as they play host to Carson-Newman at Hayes Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.