CRUSADERS OPEN NEW YEAR WITH CLOSE WIN OVER LEES MCRAE
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
CRUSADERS OPEN NEW YEAR WITH CLOSE WIN OVER LEES MCRAE

Lees MCrae, N.C.—The North Greenville men’s basketball team opened the new decade holding off a Lees McRae second half comeback to beat the Bobcats 77-74.

The Crusaders had a comfortable lead of 16 points with 2:29 minutes left but were outscored 19-6 in the last two minutes. The Crusaders shot an impressive 69 percent from the field and 58 percent from the three point line. In the first half the Crusaders were 4 of 5 (80%) from three and 12 of 17 (71%) from the field. The shooting percentage dropped slightly in the second half as the Crusaders were 3 of 7 (43%) from the three point line and 10 of 15 (67%) from the field.
Forward Paul Harrison lead the Crusaders registering his second “double-double” of the season scoring 35 points and collecting 10 rebounds. Luke Lattimer also scored in double digits with 18 points going 4 of 7 from the three point line.
“We played extremely well to build a big lead but had to hang on for a good road win against a Conference Carolinas opponent,” said head coach Chad Lister, “Paul Harrison and Luke Lattimer came up big for us tonight and displayed a great deal of resilience.”
The win puts North Greenville at 6-4 on the season. The next game for the Crusader’s  will be a home contest against Warren Wilson College at 7pm.