Tigerville, SC – The North Greenville University men’s basketball team led from start to finish en route to a 103-92 victory over Conference Carolinas opponent St. Andrews University on Saturday afternoon in Hayes Gymnasium.
The Crusaders opened the game with a jumper by Paul Harrison just 20 seconds into the game and opened up a lead as large as 16 points in the first half. Despite a small run by the Knights, North Greenville held on for a 46-36 advantage at the half.
The second half of play was much closer as the teams traded baskets in a high energy, fast paced game. The Crusaders held a 17-point lead, their largest of the contest, with 14:40 and held off a late St. Andrew’s run to secure their second straight conference victory.
“I thought our guys did a great job handling [St. Andrews] runs in both halves,” said head coach Chad Lister. “They are well-drilled and this was a good conference win for us. Balanced scoring was a good sign for us today.”
The Crusaders, who had nine players score in the game, were led by Chris Dean who scored 16 of his team-high 22 points in the second half to go along with six rebounds. Harrison recorded his third straight double-double with 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while just barely missing a triple-double after recording seven assists to go along with four blocks.
Jimmy Ellis continued to provide a spark off of the bench as he scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting from three-point range and Zack Shields came off of the bench to score 14 points while knocking down four three-pointers of his own.
Jonathan Bozymowski recorded a game-high 10 assists, while Tim Franklin recorded nine points and seven assists of his own.
The Crusaders (6-3, 2-2 in conference) will have a few days off before a road game against Young Harris College in Young Harris, GA on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.