TIGERVILLE, SC- North Greenville's second-half rally fell short as Limestone College defeated the Crusaders 90-79 Saturday afternoon in NCAA Division II men's basketball action in Hayes Gymnasium. The Saints improve to 9-5 on the season, while the Crusaders fall to 6-7.
The first half was disatrous for North Greenville. The Crusaders turned the ball over 11 times and shot only 40.7% from the field. Meanwhile, Limestone nailed eight 3-pointers while knocking down 65.4% of their shots. The Saints held a 47-31 advantage going into the locker room.
North Greenville cut the lead to eight points several times over the course of the first ten minutes of the second half, but Limestone managed to maintain the lead. P.J. Schumacher nailed a long-distance triple at the 10:07 mark to spark a Crusader rally. Schumacher knocked down two more trifectas over the next two mintues to pace NGU. Twice the Crusaders cut the lead to three points, but Limestone held their ground. Andre Coleman hit a jump shot and two 3-pointers over the next three mintues to extend the Saints' lead and seal the victory.
Coleman finished the game with a game-high 31 points on 12-19 shooting, including five 3-point baskets, to lead the Saints. Shawn Poppie scored 18 points, while Terrell Smith and Marq Bell added 15 and 14 points respectively.
North Greenville was led by Amonzo Gantt with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Schumacher drained six triples en route to 20 points. Schumacher also added four assists. Jordan Richmond and Austin Randel chipped in 16 and 12 points respectively.
The Crusaders will be back in action Monday night in Hayes Gymnasium as they play host to Carson-Newman College. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.