TIGERVILLE, SC- Carson-Newman hit ten second half three-pointers to come back and defeat North Greenville University 69-68 Monday night in NCAA Division II men's basketball action Monday night in Hayes Gymnasium. Scott Williams led all scorers with 21 points for the Eagles. Amonzo Gantt (Royston, GA), a transfer from Carson-Newman, led the Crusaders with 20 points.
North Greenville seemed to have the game in hand after the first half. Josh Burgess hit a 30-foot three-pointer as time expired to put the Crusaders up 49-29 at the break. North Greenville had built the lead on the shoulders of Gantt and Jordan Richmond (Russellville, GA), who scored 16 and 12 points respectively in the first half. As a team, the Crusaders shot 60% from the field in the first half, while the Eagles managed only 36.7%.
The second half proved to be a different story. Carson-Newman drained ten shots from behind the arc and used a tough defense and some missed layups by North Greenville to shut down the Crusader offensive attack. Williams and Jesse McMurray hit four and three three-pointers respectively in the second period.
The Eagles regained the lead for the first time since the 16:34 mark when Kente Hart made a layup with just ten seconds to play, and put Carson-Newman up 69-68. North Greenville called timeout and set up a play, but Gantt's final three-point attempt failed to preserve the victory for the Eagles.
North Greenville falls to 10-14, while Carson-Newman improves to 8-12. The Crusaders will be back in action Wednesday night as they travel to Belmont Abbey. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.