Freshman center Paul Harrison gave North Greenville (4-6) a Happy New Year at Hayes Gymnasium Tuesday night as he pumped in a career high 26 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the Crusaders past Atlanta Christian (11-7) 89-73.
NGU put four players in double figures including sophomore guard Tyler Mains, who had a season high 16 points on 6-8 shooting from the field. Kyler Vitko and Zach Babbitt backed them with 13 points apiece. The Crusaders managed a slim 34-29 halftime lead behind 13 points from Harrison. However, they rocketed to a 55 point second half and shot a scorching 56% from the field to clinch their first home win of 2009.
Harrison notched his second double double of the season. A major difference in the game was that NGU dominated the backboards, out rebounding Atlanta Christian 40-29.
The Crusaders played the first of a four-game home stand, which continues Thursday night when NGU hosts Allen University at 7:00 p.m. They will also play host to Erskine Saturday at 2:00 p.m.