TIGERVILLE, SC--Mars Hill College defeated North Greenville University 63-53 in a tough and physical game Saturday afternoon in Hayes Gymnasium. The Lions improve to 11-14, while the Crusaders fall to 6-20.
North Greenville University honored seniors Adam Griggs and Andrew Nipper in a pre-game ceremony.
North Greenville came out strong and opened up an early seven-point lead five minutes into the game. The Lions, however, chiseled into NGU's lead over the next four and a half minutes. Tony Blake converted a Crusader turnover into an easy layup to give MHC its first lead with 10:29 to go in the half.
The teams exhanged leads for the next four minutes. Then, the Lions hit their offensive stride with a 20-6 run to close the half. MHC held a 38-24 advantage heading into the break.
The Crusaders slowly cut into the Lions' lead, but could never get any closer than four points. North Greenville outscored Mars Hill 29-25 in the second half, but it was not enough as MHC held on to win 63-53.
The game was tough, physical, and emotional. Twenty-three fouls were called on each team. Each team also had one starter foul out. Three technical fouls were called.
P.J. Gore led the Lions with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jamarl Glen and Stoney Polite added 12 and 11 points respectively.
Austin Randel led the Crusaders with 19 points, while Tyler Mains chipped in ten points.
North Greenville will play its final game of the season next Wednesday at Carver. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.