Crusaders drop season opener to Furman
Friday, November 12, 2010
Crusaders drop season opener to Furman

Greenville, S.C. – For the first time in school history, the North Greenville men’s basketball team made the short trip down the road to take on Furman University. Despite a hard-fought battle, the Paladins pulled away late in the game to secure a 72-54 victory over the Crusaders.

“I thought our guys played extremely hard in the first 25 minutes,” said head coach Chad Lister. “Our execution was not where we wanted it to be but our effort certainly was.”

Before a heavily black and red crowd, the Crusaders stuck close with the Paladins in the first half, leaving the halftime score in favor of Furman 29-24.

However, after a few halftime adjustments and some foul trouble by North Greenville players, Furman put up 43 second half point to pull away and seal the win.

Zack Shields came off the bench to lead the Crusaders with 14 points, including 3-4 from three-point range, and four assists. Paul Harrison had a solid game, finishing with nine points and eight rebounds, while Luke Lattimer and Drew Ridlen also scored nine points each.

The Crusaders shot 50 percent from behind the arc and 40 percent from the field while limiting Furman to just 41 percent from three-point range.

“Our crowd was fantastic and I can’t say enough about the North Greenville faithful that came out tonight,” said Lister. “I hope they come back and see our guys play some great basketball this year. Our guys will play hard and bounce back from this.”

The Crusaders will be on the road again on Nov. 16 in Knoxville, TN to play against Johnson Bible College. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.