Anderson, S.C.—After two consecutive wins in a row the NGU men’s basketball team (14-10) hit the road again on Monday night taking on Anderson University (19-6). The Crusaders looked to avenge an early loss to the Trojans at the beginning of the season but fell 80-76.
The Crusaders were led by forward Paul Harrison who picked his third “double –double” in as many games with 31 points and 11 rebounds. The Anderson game is also the third game in a row in which Harrison has accounted for at least 30 points and 10 rebounds (Scored 40 against Hiwassee). Other double figure scorers for North Greenville were Luke Lattimer who scored 12 and Zack Shields who scored 10.
The Crusaders trailed by as many as 14 points (71-57) during the game but were able to fight back and cut the Trojan lead to one in the second period. With six minutes left in the game, the Crusaders went on a 17-4 run taking their first lead of the game with 1:10 left on a Paul Harrison basket. North Greenville had a chance for the win with second left on the clock on a Zack Shields’ three point attempt but the shot was off target forcing NGU to foul with 6.9 seconds left in the game. The Trojan foul shooter knocked down both free throws securing the win for Anderson.
“To have the ball late with a chance to win in our last two road games against two ranked teams says a lot about our character,” remarked head coach Chad Lister. “I am very proud of our effort.” Anderson was ranked third in Conference Carolinas and sixth in the Southeast Region. North Greenville will wrap its regular season up at home Tuesday night at home against Carver College. The tipoff for the final regular season game is set for 6pm in Hayes Gymnasium.