Bristol, TN – The North Greenville University men’s basketball team continued its struggles on the road with a 77-70 loss to Conference Carolinas’ top team, King College.
With the loss, North Greenville drops to 3-6 on the road while boasting an impressive 7-3 record in Hayes Gymnasium.
Despite being down by just two points at halftime, the Tornado, ranked #25 in NCAA Division II, outscored the Crusaders 43-38 in the second half to seal the victory.
"When you play on the road against a team ranked in the top 25 in the country, you can't afford to make mental errors and you cant give them second chance points," said head coach Chad Lister. "This is our first three game losing streak in two years and it was a difficult stretch in conference play. I believe this team will respond and play well down the stretch."
Leading the Crusaders was Zack Shields with 15 points off of the bench on 5-for-12 shooting from three-point range. Paul Harrison secured his 11th double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Jason Wray chipped in 13 points of his own on 5-for-7 shooting from the field, while Chris Dean rounded out the double digit scorers with 11 points and five rebounds.
North Greenville (10-9, 4-7 in conference) will return home on Saturday, Feb. 4 for a contest against Coker College at 4 p.m.