Anderson, SC – After winning their first two games of the 2011 season, the North Greenville men’s basketball team was handed its first loss after dropping a road game to Anderson University 99-91 on Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans opened the game with a 16-8 run and shot 55.2% from the floor and 50% from beyond the arc in the first half. The Crusaders hung close by shooting 44.7% percent in the half but went into the break down 50-41.
After the half, North Greenville and Anderson traded baskets before a three-pointer by Trojan guard Nick Trull put his team up by 16 and allowed Anderson to control the tempo. Despite a late run by the Crusaders, Anderson was able to hang on for the eight-point victory.
The Trojans shot an impressive 50% from the floor, 42.3% from long range and made 36 of 43 free throw attempts (83.7%), while North Greenville shot 48.3% from the floor. The Crusaders also hit 16 three-pointers in route to shooting 50% from three-point range.
"We shot the ball well and played extremely hard for 40 minutes," said head coach Chad Lister. "It is tough to win on the road when you opponent shoots 43 free throws but we just has too many missed assignments on the defensive end."
Sophomore Chris Dean had another strong game for the Crusaders as he led the team with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc to go along with three steals on the defensive end of the floor.
Senior Paul Harrison recorded his first double-double of the season with an impressive 15 points and 15 rebounds, while reserve Zack Shields scored 17 points off of the bench.
Jamaal Pryor also had a strong game off of the bench with 15 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the floor and 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Luke Lattimer was the fifth and final Crusader to record a double digit scoring night as he hit four three-pointers in route to 12 points.
"I really like our team," said Lister. "We will learn from tonight and be ready for our conference opener at Belmont Abbey."
North Greenville (2-1) will have over a week to prepare for their next game as they travel to Belmont, NC on Tuesday, Nov 29 to take on Belmont Abbey in the team’s first ever Conference Carolinas game at 7:30 p.m.