TIgerville, S.C.—The Crusaders set a team record in scoring with 118 points and Paul Harrison tied the record for field goals made with 16 as the North Greenville men’s basketball team outlasted the Hiawassee College Tigers 118-105.
Offensively the Crusaders were led by Paul Harrison who charted his team leading ninth “double -double” of the season scoring 40 points and collecting 14 rebounds. Luke Lattimer (14), Kyler Booher (12), Jimmy Ellis (12), Zack Sheilds (11), and Jamaal Pryor (16) all scored in double figures as well for the Crusaders. North Greenville also set a new team record with 44 field goals made.
The first 20 minutes was a back and forth fast pace affair that had two ties and nine lead changes. North Greenville’s biggest lead in the first period was seven points at the 6:25 mark. The Tigers of Hiwassee however would grab the lead with five minutes left and carry it into intermission leading 62-55. In the first half Hiwassee shot a staggering 19 three pointers and connecting on nine of them for 27 points. North Greenville shot 14 three pointers and hit five.
The two squads kept their feet on the pedals in the second half. The Crusaders closed the gap in the first four minutes of play in the second period and took the lead with 15:57 left in the game. Hiwassee tied the game twice more in the last 14 minutes of play before NGU pulled away in the final five minutes closing the game on a 21-12 run.
“We obviously did not defend well in the first half,” said head coach Chad Lister. “Our guys did a nice job sharing the ball in the second half.” With the win, the Crusaders break a four game losing streak and improve to 12-10 on the season.
The Crusaders will play again on Saturday at home against Morris College. Tipoff is set for 4pm but will begin 25 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s game which will be played at 2.