Paul Harrison scored 20 points, Zach Babbitt had 18 and Kyler 17 points to lead the North Greenville men (6-10) to a come-from-behind 82-79 win over Warren Wilson College of Asheville Tuesday night at Hayes Gymnasium.
Aleks Spasovki, a sophomore guard from Macedonia, fired in an opponent season high 42 points to lead a strong effort by Warren Wilson (8-12). The Crusaders snapped the Owls’ three-game streak and took both meetings this season.
NGU trailed 34-31 at halftime, but Harrison and Babbitt led a furious Crusader comeback.
The Owls led throughout the second half, but NGU re-claimed the lead with 14:07 left after a Babbitt layup. The Crusaders pushed their lead to 11 points at 79-68 with 3:04 left and seemed to have the game in hand. Spasovski and Jermon Marsh, who scored 20 points for Wilson, had other ideas. The Owls got to within three points with 1:12 left, but Babbitt hit one of two free throws with 34 seconds left to ice the game.
Spasovski poured in 16-30 shots and canned 10 three-pointers for Warren Wilson.
“We survived,” NGU head coach Chad Lister said. “We shot 55% in the game, and only had four second half turnovers, but Spasovski was amazing. We threw everything at him but the kitchen sink on defense and the kid made some tough shots. We’ve got to get better on defense and learn from this kind of game. We tried to play everybody tonight and we achieved that. But, I think our effort showed that we’ve got to get a lot more out of our players.”
The Crusaders will play two road games this weekend before returning to Hayes Gym on Tuesday, Feb. 3 to host Southern Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m.