Freshman center Paul Harrison powered in a career high 24 points and 14 rebounds, but host Montreat made two key shots in the final minute to beat North Greenville (0-2) 71-70 at Montreat, North Carolina.
The Crusaders trailed by 10 points at halftime, but fought hard to stay in the game behind Harrison and Kyler Booher who scored 13 points and had eight rebounds. Kyler Vitko also had a solid night with 11 points and nine rebounds. NGU dominated the backboards as they out-rebounded Montreat 42-16.
“Our guys put themselves in position to win tonight, but Montreat made several key shots when it counted,” NGU head Coach Chad Lister said. “We had a tremendous effort tonight and showed a lot of heart. We definitely played better than our first two games, and showed tons of improvement. We’ll keep getting better as the season progresses. We just missed some key free throws late in the game and they made tough shots that we contested well.”
The Crusaders will next host King College Saturday, Nov. 22 at 4:00 p.m. at Hayes Gymnasium.