Lions rally; down NGU 79-67
Saturday, December 2, 2006
Lions rally; down NGU 79-67

TIGERVILLE, SC - Stoney Polite scored his career high 29 points to propel the Lions men's basketball team to a 79-67 victory over North Greenville University at Hayes Gymnasium Saturday night. NGU fell to 2-3 on the year while MHC improved to 3-4 on the season.

After trailing by five points at the break, MHC began the second half on a 14-to-6 run to take a one-point lead (48-47) with 15:16 left in regulation after Jarred Pickering hit a layup. The Lions then out scored the Crusaders 8-to-2 over the next two minutes to lead by seven points (56-49) after Pickering tipped in a miss by Matt Williams. Jordan Richmond (Russellville, AR) cut the Lions' lead to just two points with 7:37 left in the contest after draining a pair of free throws but that was as close as NGU could get. MHC then reeled off seven unanswered points to extend their advantage to nine points with 5:38 left on the clock after Chris Aline hit a shot in the lane. NGU was forced to foul down the stretch and MHC was able to convert enough shots at the charity stripe to preserve the victory.

In the first half, Austin Randel (Lake City, MI) hit a pair of free throws with 17:28 on the clock and the Crusaders led the remainder of the opening stanza. NGU led by as many as 13 points (36-23) with 5:11 left in the first frame after Randel hit a shot from behind the arc. MHC ended the first period on a 11-to-3 run to trim the deficit to just five points (39-34) at the intermission.

Randel led NGU with 18 points followed by Richmond with 16. Kyler Vitko (Alpharetta, GA) added 14 points and six boards. Following Polite's performance for the Lions was Williams and P.J. Gore (Little River, SC) who scored 14 points apiece.

NGU edged the Lions in the rebound battle, 34-to-32. MHC scored 23 points off Crusader miscues and tallied 20 second chance points. There were only three lead changes and one tie in the contest.

The Crusaders will return to action when they host Virginia Intermont College at 7:30 p.m. on December 7 in Hayes Gymnasium. MHC will host USC Upstate December in Stanford Arena. Game time is set for 4 p.m.