Tigerville, S.C. – The Crusaders made big plays when it mattered the most as North Greenville downed Truett-MConnell College 85-80 on Tuesday night in Hayes Gymnasium.
After gaining a two-point edge at the midway point, the Crusaders shot 51.6% from the floor and 53.3% from three-point range in the second half to pull away in the closing seconds.
“We shot the ball better in the second half,” said head coach Chad Lister. “And we made stops on defense when we needed them.”
Truett-McConnell managed to pull within one point with 1:19 left on the game clock but Kyler Booher and Paul Harrison made four clutch free throws with time running out to seal the team’s sixth straight victory.
Harrison led the Crusaders finishing with 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the floor and nine rebounds. Jimmy Ellis showed his range as hit three crucial three-pointers late in the game and finished with 13 points off of the bench.
Chris Dean and Luke Lattimer were the only other Crusaders to score in double digits as they each finished with 10 points, while Tim Franklin continued be ‘Mr. Everything’ on the court as he totaled three points, nine assists, six rebounds and two steals.
The Crusaders (16-6) will look to extend their win streak on Saturday, Feb. 12 against Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN at 4 p.m.