Crusaders fall at Wingate
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Crusaders fall at Wingate
P.J. Schumacher led NGU with 19 points

Wingate, N.C.----Wingate University junior guard/forward Sean Barnette (Rock Hill, S.C.) exploded for a season-high 29 points as the Bulldogs defeated North Greenville University 103-77 in an NCAA Division II match up Wednesday night in Cuddy Arena on the Wingate campus. Wingate moves to 15-6 overall, while NGU evens its record at 11-11 overall.

Barnette led four Bulldogs in double digits. Wingate senior guard Justin Baker (Lumberton, N.C.) netted 19 points. Senior guard Shaun Kirkland (Allendale, S.C.) and redshirt junior forward Bryan Grier (Charlotte, N.C.) contributed 11 points each. Grier notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

North Greenville senior guard P.J. Schumacher (Waynesburg, Pa.) topped the Crusaders’ charts with 19 points on eight-of-13 shooting from the floor. Senior forward Jordan Richmond (Russellville, Ark.) had 14 markers, while junior center Andrew Nipper (Cleveland, Tenn.) chipped in 11 points and five assists.

Wingate held a 56-35 advantage at the break. Barnette (19 first-half points) and Baler (13 first-half points) combined for 32 points and eight three-pointers in the first 20 minutes. As a team, Wingate knocked down 11 three-point baskets in the first stanza.

A steal and dunk by Grier give the Bulldogs a 56-28 edge at the 2:22 mark. The 28-point bulge was Wingate’s largest first half lead. The Bulldogs shot 55.6 percent (20-of-36) in the first 20 minutes.

Schumacher led the Crusader offense with 14 first-half points on six-of-nine shooting from the floor. Schumacher was two-of-four from beyond the arc before intermission. Senior forward Amonzo Gantt (Royston, Ga.) had five first-half rebounds to lead the Crusaders.

North Greenville could not cut the margin any lower than 17 points in the second half. The Bulldogs built a 29-point advantage when junior forward Ryan Thys (Raleigh, N.C.) drained a three-point field goal with 3:50 remaining, pushing Wingate’s lead to 96-67.

An ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® candidate, Barnette had seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks to go with his 29 points. Wingate outrebounded North Greenville 40-30. The Bulldogs converted 20 Crusader turnovers into 27 points.