Young Harris, GA- The Crusaders’ two-game win streak came to an end Tuesday night with a 91-78 loss to non-conference foe Young Harris College.
The Mountain Lions opened the game with 18 unanswered points and the Crusaders were never able to recover, going into the half down 60-40.
"We got off to a tought start tonight and finally settled in," said head coach Chad Lister. "We just couldn't buy a shot tonight."
North Greenville put up a fight late in the second half but the early deficit was too much to overcome. As a team, the Crusaders shot 42% from the field but finished the game 0-for-17 from beyond the arc. In comparison, the Mountain Lions shot 51% from the field and 43% from long range.
"Coach Herrmann has done a great job taking this team from an independent to a solid Peach Belt conference team," said Lister."They are 11-2 and worthy of recognition."
Among the individuals, Jamaal Pryor had his best game of the season as he finished with a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes of action. Chris Dean continued his consistent play finishing with 16 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the year.
Paul Harrison was in foul trouble for much of the game but still managed to finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Jonathan Bozymowski finished the game with 11 points of his own. Tim Franklin paced the offense with 10 points and a team-high seven assists.
The Crusaders (6-4, 2-2 in conference) will have a short turnaround as they host the Owls of Warren Wilson College on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m.