Belmont, NC – The North Greenville men’s basketball team dropped its first ever Conference Carolinas game after losing a heart breaker to Belmont Abbey 83-79 on Tuesday night.
North Greenville and Belmont traded possessions and for much of the first half with Belmont gaining its biggest lead of nine points at the 7:30 mark. After closing the gap, North Greenville went into the half down just 37-33.
The Crusaders of Belmont opened up the second half of play with a 10-3 run in the first five minutes of action. The Crusaders of North Greenville mounted a furious comeback and gained a nine-point advantage with just five minutes left to play.
However, Belmont ended the game on a 16-4 run to down North Greenville and hand NGU its second straight loss.
“We competed and gave ourselves a chance to win,” said head coach Chad Lister. “Our toughness on the road will ultimately pay dividends.”
North Greenville shot and impressive 57.1% from the field and 51.2% from three-point range, but Belmont pulled downed 21 offensive rebounds and 41 total compared to just 27 total rebounds by North Greenville.
Luke Lattimer was the leading scorer for North Greenville as he poured in a career-high 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.
Chris Dean finished the game with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Paul Harrison recorded 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
North Greenville (2-2, 0-1 in conference) will conclude its early season three-game road trip with a Dec. 8 contest against Warren Wilson at 7 p.m. in Asheville, NC.