Monday, November 23, 2009

Tigerville, S.C.—Paul Harrison scored a team 26 points and Kyler Booher scored with 2.5 seconds left to take a two point lead as North Greenville University pulled out a thrilling 95-93 victory over Atlanta Christian in Hayes Gymnasium.

The Crusaders lead by as many as 10 in the first half but the hot shooting Chargers shot went 5 of 10 from behind the arch to cut the lead to 3 at the half. Atlanta Christian continued the stellar shooting in the second half hitting 7 of 15 three point attempts and 16 of 30 from the field and took a nine point second half lead with 14:18 left in the game.
The Crusaders fought back numerous times to tie the game only to see the Chargers pulled ahead by seven. With 50 seconds left in the game the Crusaders found themselves down by two. Sophomore forward Paul Harrison hit a clutch layup to tie the game at 93 with 29 seconds left. Kyler Booher stole the Atlanta Christian inbound pass and drove the lane hitting what would be the game winning layup with 2.1 seconds left.
The Chargers last second heave would fall short giving the Crusaders their first comeback win of the season. "Atlanta Christian did a nice job spreading the floor and creating open looks.  We made a few adjustments and were able to convert on their misses down the stretch,” said head coach Chad Lister, "we challenged a group of guys to come into the game and give us energy and they did that in the second half.  Learning how to win close game can pay big dividends for our team later this season."
Individually the Crusaders were lead by forward Paul Harrison who posted his first double-double of the year with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Kyler Booher also scored in double digits with 19 and had 3 steals. North Greenville’s bench came up clutch in the close win scoring 48 points. The leading scorer off of the bench was Jimmy Ellis who registerd 9 points going 3 of 4 from beyond the arch. North Greenville will play one more game before the Thanksgiving break tomorrow night at 7pm at home against Montreat.