The North Greenville men (6-11) shot a cool 35% in the second half and turned the ball over 20 times which led to 26 points off turnovers as Limestone College slipped past the Crusaders 78-61 in Gaffney Thursday evening.
Michael Barrett led all scorers with 20 points for Limestone as the Saints swept the two-game season series with NGU. Junior forward Kyler Vitko led the Crusaders with 14 points and nine rebounds, and freshmen center Paul Harrison added 11 points and seven rebounds. Zach Babbitt scored eight points and pulled down 10 rebounds also for NGU.
The Crusaders trialed 39-32 at the half, but could manage only 6-17 shooting the final half. Turnovers also contributed to squelching a Crusader rally. Zach Babbitt’s three-pointer with 6:56 left cut the Saint lead to nine points, but NGU scored only four more points the rest of the way as Limestone went on a 12-4 run.
The Crusaders will travel to Allen University near Columbia Saturday afternoon before returning home to host rival Southern Wesleyan Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Hayes Gymnasium.