FORT MYERS, FL – The North Greenville University men’s basketball team scored five unanswered points in the final 25 seconds of regulation to force overtime and eventually defeat Central State University (Ohio) 76-74 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II-Independent Tournament at Alico Arena on Friday night.
The Crusaders advance to face
The Crusaders fell behind early as
Central State answered with a 14-0 run of their own over the next four minutes that was capped by Daryl Bennett pulling down an offensive rebound of a missed Gaines three-pointer and converting the lay up to give the Marauders a 19-17 lead.
The Crusaders built the lead to five on four different occasions before jumpers by Bennett and Daryl Brownlee cut the
“The first half was all about runs,” said Crusader head coach Chad Lister. “We put a good one together, and then they answered. I was more than a little disappointed with how the half ended, but give them credit,
The second half opened with Central State scoring the first seven points of the period on a Brownlee three-pointer and consecutive baskets by Thomas Tiemeyer, giving the Marauders a 43-37 lead. Six minutes later, a pair of free throws by North Greenville’s
Amonzo Gantt scored a quick lay up for North Greenville to cut the deficit to 69-66 and then forced the ball out of bounds off a
After neither team scored on their first two possessions of overtime,
With the score tied at 76-76, North Greenville’s
“Without a doubt, Jordan Richmond hit some big shots for us tonight,” added Lister. “Last season, he missed this tournament with a knee injury and seems to be making up for lost time.
“However, every one of our guys contributed to tonight’s success. PJ Schumacher buried some big three-pointers, Andrew Nipper defended well and knocked down some big shots, and Amonzo Gantt makes the great finish and then forces the turnover at the end of regulation. Guys are just stepping up when needed and gettingt he job done for us.”
With the win, North Greenville improved to 13-16 on the season and will face