Crusaders lose a heartbreaker in OT
Monday, February 4, 2008
Crusaders lose a heartbreaker in OT
Austin Randel recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds

TIGERVILLE, SC--Flagler College scored 21 points in overtime to defeat North Greenville University 82-75 Monday night in Hayes Gymnasium. The Saints improve to 15-5 on the season, while the Crusaders fall to 5-15.

North Greenville, who held a 32-29 halftime lead, led for the majority of the second half, but never held more than a six-point lead. Austin Randel drew a foul on a made layup at the 1:43 mark, and he drained the free throw to convert the 3-point play and give the Crusaders a two point advantage. Bryan Borstelmann hit a jump shot in the paint with just twenty seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game. Tyler Mains' shot rimmed out as time expired to force overtime.

In the extra period, Flagler came out hot. Borstelmann netted a 3-pointer just after the tip. Lyndon Merthie hit two free throws to give Flagler a five-point lead, but Andrew Nipper drained a shot from behind the arc to pull North Greenville to within two points.

Flagler struck again from behind the arc as D.J. Ferguson drained one off an assist from Ben De La Cruz. Flagler never looked back, extending their lead to as many as nine points in overtime.

North Greenville showed a lot of heart and character in the game in front of a spirited crowd in Hayes Gymnasium. All five starters played over 40 minutes. Only Zach Babbitt came off the bench for the Crusaders and he only played five minutes. Center Nathan Wilson did not play due to a leg injury.

"I thought our guys played very, very hard and gave us a tremendous effort," said head coach Chad Lister. "I'm proud of our guys and how they competed, going nose-to-nose with one of the better Division II teams in the southeast."

John Pietkiewicz scored a game-high 28 points to pace the Saints. Pietkiewicz shot 8 of 17 from the field, including six 3-pointers. Borstelmann and Merthie added 17 and 13 points respectively.

Austin Randel led the Crusaders with a double-double performance. Randel shot 8 of 16 from the field to score 24 points, while grabbing ten rebounds. Adam Griggs added 16 points and eight rebounds. Mains chipped in 15 points.

North Greenville will be back in action Wednesday night in Hayes Gymnasium versus Carson-Newman. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.