Freshman forward Paul Harrison set a school record for field goal percentage as he scored 35 points on 15-17 shooting (88.2%) to lead North Greenville (8-12) past Morris College 93-91 at Hayes Gym in Tigerville.
Kyler Vitko backed Harrison with 16 points and eight rebounds, and Jonathan Bozymowski had a big night with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Chris Owens was nearly unstoppable for Morris as he hit from everywhere for 34 points. He also knocked down seven 3’s, and he handed out 14 assists, which accounted for two thirds of the Yellow Jackets points.
Morris (7-10) led 42-41 at halftime, but NGU continued to feed the ball inside to Harrison on the block and he converted 12 consecutive shots. The Crusaders had a five point lead with 48 seconds left, but Owens fired in a long three-pointer and NGU’s Tyler Mains clipped his arm during the effort. Owens made the free throw and the home lead stood at 92-91. Kyler Booher made one of two free throws with 37 seconds left, and then the Yellow Jackets missed a layup and a short jumper before Ricky Drummond’s jumper at the buzzer missed to clinch an exciting win for North Greenville. NGU did make seven of eight free throws in the last two minutes which clinched the satisfying victory.
“I thought we did an admirable job trying to stop a very good Morris team,” NGU head coach Chad Lister said. “Down in Sumter, they were throwing in shots from everywhere (Morris won 91-64). Chris Owens is a amazing player and we did everything we could to try to stop him.”
“You have to give our guys credit,” Lister continued. “Jonathan Bozymowski stepped up big tonight and Paul did some big things down on the block. We just hung tough and the end and that wins games.”
The Crusaders will next host a big game against Belmont Abbey Monday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Hayes Gym.