CAREER HIGH 27 BY BABBITT, THREE PLAYERS OVER 20 LEAD NGU PAST MONTREAT
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
CAREER HIGH 27 BY BABBITT, THREE PLAYERS OVER 20 LEAD NGU PAST MONTREAT

Sophomore forward Zach Babbitt (Greenville, SC) scored a career high 27 points, Kyler Vitko had 23 and Paul Harrison had 20 as the North Greenville men (5-8) had their biggest offensive night of the season with a 93-81 victory over Montreat (NC) at Hayes Gym in Tigerville.

NGU took a 42-35 halftime lead behind 13 points by Harrison and 12 by Babbitt.  Vitko came out hot in the second 20 minutes and the Crusaders pushed the lead to 15 points after a lay-up by Babbitt with 11:51 to play.  However, Montreat, which defeated the Crusaders 71-70 in North Carolina on Nov. 20, fought back behind M.J. Njoku who had 24 points in the game.  Montreat cut the Crusader lead to four points with 4:47 left after a Seth Moore banker, but NGU out-scored them 14-6 the rest of the way to seal the win.

Next up for NGU will be a road contest at Morris College in Sumter, SC Thursday night.  Coach Chad Lister’s Crusaders will host rival Brevard College Saturday at 4:00 p.M.