Asheville, NC – The North Greenville University men’s basketball team improved to 3-2 on the young season with a 68-66 victory over Warren Wilson College on Wednesday night.
After the Owls opened the game with a three-pointer, both teams traded baskets making for a long night on the court.
In the first half of action, North Greenville and Warren Wilson fought it out with neither team gaining a lead larger than six points, as the Crusaders went into halftime up 29-26.
After the break, the Crusader offense came alive as North Greenville began the second half with a 15-3 run to put themselves up 44-32 with 14 minutes remaining.
Warren Wilson closed the gap to 44-40 with 12 minutes remaining, scoring eight unanswered points before the Crusaders responded with nine unanswered points of their own to gain their largest lead of the game at 53-40 with 8:33 to go.
The Owls continued to shoot the ball well down the stretch and tied the game at 66-66 with just seven seconds remaining on the clock. The Crusaders quickly timeout and drew up a play for forward Jonathan Bozymowski. Bozymowski received the inbounds pass and raced down court to score the game-winning lay up as time expired to secure the 68-66 win for North Greenville on the road.
“Coach [Kevin] Walden continues to do a great job with the Warren Wilson College basketball program,” said head coach Chad Lister. “We were in a battle all night.”
“Winning on the road is never easy,” Lister continued. “I was proud of our guys for staying focused and executing plays out of time outs late in the game.”
Bozymowski scored 12 points in the game on 5-of-7 seven shooting, while Paul Harrison led the Crusaders with 18 points and nine rebounds. Just a week removed from a career night, Luke Lattimer score six points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Point guard Tim Franklin filled up the stat sheet with eight points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Chris Dean rounded out the scoring for the starters with nine points of his own, all in the second half.
After ending their three-game road trip, the Crusaders (3-2) return home for a contest against St. Augustine’s College (NC) on Saturday, December 10 in Hayes Gymnasium. Tip off is schedule for 2 p.m.