Saturday, January 14, 2012

Charlotte, NC – Despite fighting back from a narrow halftime deficit, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team dropped a conference road game against Queens University of Charlotte 99-90 in overtime.

After Queens opened up the game with a small 13-4 run, North Greenville gained momentum and cut the Royals’ lead to four by the end of the first period.

In the second half of action, the Crusaders caught fire on the offensive end of the floor and gained a three-point advantage with 24 seconds left in regulation after Chris Dean made a layup and made the free throw after a foul. However, Queens was not ready to end the game there as Nate Blackburn nailed a fade-away three-pointer with 13 second left to tie the game. Dean had a chance to end the game with a layup as time was running out but the shot did not fall.

In the overtime period the two teams traded baskets and the game was tied 90-90 with just over two minutes left. The Royals ended the game with nine unanswered points to secure the victory and send the Crusaders home with their third Conference Carolinas loss.

"Our guys played with tremendous effor and we gave outselves a great look to win it in regulation," said head coach Chad Lister. "This loss stings but our team will show resilliency and bounce back."

Paul Harrison led the offensive charge for North Greenville as he recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor to go along with 17 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.

Dean scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and overtime, while Jimmy Ellis got back on the right track scoring 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. In his first start of the season Zack Shields finished the game with 14 points and five rebounds.

The Crusaders (7-5, 2-3 in conference) will look to even their conference record as they travel to Gaffney, SC on Monday, Jan. 16 to take on Limestone College at 7:30 p.m.