Tigerville, SC – Thanks to 25 bench points and nine total three-pointers, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team edged out Fayetteville State University 67-65 in overtime on Tuesday night.
Despite shooting 39.1% from the floor, the Crusaders held Fayetteville State to just 31.8%, including a dismal 10.5% from three-point range.
The Crusaders and Broncos traded baskets for much of the first half before back-to-back jumpers by Jamaal Pryor gave North Greenville a 33-30 advantage.
After continuing to swap points for the entire second half, the two teams were tied 59-59 at the end of regulation.
In the overtime period, North Greenville gained a one-point lead after Paul Harrison hit a jumper with 18 seconds left. Jonathan Bozymowski gained a steal and was fouled and sent to the line. Following two missed free throws, the Broncos collected a rebound and called a timeout they did not possess. The technical foul put Zack Shields at the line with a chance to end the game. He hit one of two shots and sealed the victory for North Greenville.
"Coach [Alphonza] Kee does a great job and this was a nice win over a quality CIAA opponent," said head coach Chad Lister. "We didn't shoot it as well as we would like, but we came up with big stops on the defensive end at crucial times."
Jimmy Ellis led the Crusaders scoring 17 points off of the bench on 6-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-11 from beyond the arc.
Chris Dean followed close behind with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Shields recorded 10 points and six rebounds of his own. In his first start of the season, Pryor narrowly missed a double-double after scoring 10 points and securing eight rebounds to go with two blocks.
The Crusaders (10-6, 4-4 in conference) will conclude their four-game home stand with a matchup with Conference Carolinas foe Belmont Abbey on Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m.