Stone cold shooting in the first half led to a 34-19 halftime deficit, and the NGU men (0-3), despite a furious second half effort, could not cut the lead as King College of Tennessee (6-1) escaped Tigerville with a 73-58 win.
Freshman center Paul Harrison scored 19 points, all in the second half, to lead the Crusaders for the fourth straight game. He also pulled down eight rebounds. Kyler Vitko had 10 points and nine rebounds with two blocked shots for NGU.
The Crusaders shot a meager 30% in the first 20 minutes (8-27), King hit five 3’s in the first half to build a big lead. Mark Dockery scored 25 points on 7-10 from the field with five 3’s to pace the Tornados. Ben Bosse added 16 points for King.
NGU, which trailed by 20 points in the second half, cut the King lead to 60-49 with 6:32 left, after a three-point play by Harrison. They scored only three points in the next three minutes as the Tornados put the game out of reach.
Next up for the Crusaders is a road game at Warren Wilson Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 p.m. NGU’s next home game is Wednesday, Dec. 3 against Mars Hill at 7:00 p.m.