Tigerville, SC – In a close game with South Atlantic Conference member Brevard College, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team squeaked out a win against the tornados 86-81 on Wednesday night in Hayes Gymnasium.
"I was pleased with our perimeter defense tonight,” said head coach Chad Lister. “We didn't do a great job of creating a flow on the offensive end but we made stops when we needed to down the stretch. Grinding out a win over a quality opponent will only help us down the road."
On defense, North Greenville held Brevard to just 37.3% shooting from the floor and 28.6% shooting for long range in the game.
Led by Luke Lattimer’s 12 first half points, the Crusaders opened the game with a 14-4 run and held that lead all the way to a 31-23 half time lead.
In the second half, Brevard opened with a strong 18-11 lead to cut the deficit to just one point before Paul Harrison took over the game. Harrison scored 11 of his team-high 23 points in the final nine minutes of action, including two electrifying dunks to give the Crusaders momentum to secure the win.
While leading the team with 23 points, Harrison also record team-highs with nine rebound and three blocks in the contest. Lattimer showed signs of life with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Tim Franklin was on top of his game on both ends of the floor as he recorded 13 points and four assists, while also totaling six steals.
North Greenville (2-0) will now take to the road for a game against Anderson University on Saturday, Nov. 19 in Anderson, S.C. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.