Cleveland, GA – A strong second half was not enough for North Greenville to overcome a 25-point halftime deficit as the Crusaders dropped their second game in a row to Truett-McConnell College 83-79 on Thursday night.
“I was very disappointed in our first half effort, but our guys showed tremendous grit coming back to take the lead and having an opportunity to win on the road,” said head coach Chad Lister. “I can live with the loss if we learn from this experience.”
The Bears biggest lead of the game came with 17 minutes left in the second half as they stretched the margin to 28 points. North Greenville took the lead with 30 seconds left in the game after Jimmy Ellis hit the last of his four three-pointers.
Truett-McConnell quickly answered seconds later with a three-pointer of their own to take the lead. The Crusaders had a few chances to tie or take the lead but missed a key shot with eight seconds left on the clock and had to foul. Two late free throws sealed the victory for the Bears.
North Greenville outshot Truett-McConnell from the floor but the Bears hit 10 three-pointers in the game as they secured the victory.
Paul Harrison led the Crusaders with 24 points and 14 rebounds as well as three steals in the game. Ellis continued to be a bright spot for North Greenville off of the bench as he was the only other Crusader in double figures with 12 points. Reserve Chris Dean had nine points in just 15 minutes, while Tim Franklin scored eight points and dished out a team-high five assists.
North Greenville (8-5) will host Hiwassee College on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Hayes Gymnasium.