Tigerville, S.C.— Five players scored in double figures for North Greenville as the Crusaders fell short of winning their third game in a row losing to Southern Wesleyan in overtime 93-91.
Forward Paul Harrison lead the Crusaders with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Other double figure scorers for NGU were Jonathan Bozymowski with 14 points, Luke Lattimer with 13, Zack Shields with 12, and Millian Rodrigo who scored 11. Shields was 4 of 4 from the three point line.
The game looked promising for the Crusaders as the team jumped out to a five point lead five minutes into the 40 minute contest. Southern Wesleyan was quick to close the gap tying the game at 17 with 12 minutes left in the first period. The Warriors led by as many as 14 in the first half (3:38 left in first half). NGU would close out the first half with 8-5 run cutting the deficit to 6 by halftime.
Southern Wesleyan maintained a four point lead for five minutes of the second half before North Greenville tied the game at 56 with 15:10 left in the matchup. NGU would take the lead and extend it to nine points with 8:20 left in the game. NGU saw its lead dwindle with 3:57 left as SWU hit four free throws to come within one North Greenville and eventually take a five point lead with 2:06 left.
The Crusaders tied the game with :50 left to send the game into overtime. In the five minutes of overtime play neither team gained a lead of more than two points. Southern Wesleyan a two point lead with :07 seconds left on two free throws. Tim Franklin took the inbounds pass the length of the court and passed the ball of Millan Rodrigo who was long with a three pointer as time expired.
"It was not our best defensive effort. We dug ourselves a hole in the first eight minutes and gave up too many easy shots” said head coach Chad Lister, “we certainly had opportunities in regulation and in overtime but were unable to convert in critical moments."
The Crusaders will play again on the road Thursday night in Columbia, South Carolina against Allen University at 7pm.