Crusaders Earn Conference Tournament Bid
Monday, February 27, 2012
Crusaders Earn Conference Tournament Bid

Tigerville, SC – Despite a rough end to the regular season, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team has been rewarded for their efforts with the team’s first ever trip to the Conference Carolinas Tournament.

The Crusaders, a #4 seed from the Western Division, will be matched up with the #1 seed from the Eastern Division in Queens University of Charlotte. The rematch is set to take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Charlotte, NC.

In the first matchup between the Crusaders and Royals, Queens came away with a 99-90 overtime victory in Charlotte despite a valiant second half comeback by North Greenville.

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 the loss.

Queens University Royals (18-9, 13-3 in conference)

As a team, the Royals score 73.4 points per game on 47.7% shooting from the floor, while allowing just 69.1 points per game on 42.2% shooting from opponents. Queens’ major weakness comes in the post where the team averages 35.3 rebounds per game compared to 36.4 rebounds per game by opponents.

Players To Watch

G 6’5” Sr. Daniel Bailey – 17.9 points per game, 52.2% field goal percentage, 6.3 rebounds per game
F 6’6” Jr. Antonio Stabler – 11.6 points per game, 48.9% field goal percentage, 5.3 rebounds per game
G 5’11” Sr. Sean Eads – 8.8 points per game, 43% three-point percentage (34-for-79), 3.1 assists per game, 1.4 steals per game

North Greenville University Crusaders (12-14, 5-11 in conference)

Overall, the Crusaders are a strong offensive team that has had some struggles on the defensive end of the floor. North Greenville scores 76.7 points per game on 47.7% shooting from the floor compared to 77.3 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the floor by the opposition. The Crusaders are strong low post team as they average 38.9 rebounds per game, while opponents average just 36.3 rebounds per game.

Players To Watch

F 6’8” Sr. Paul Harrison – 17.8 points per game, 53.4% field goal percentage, 10.7 rebounds per game, 1.9 blocks per game, 16 double-doubles
G 6’4” So. Chris Dean – 16.9 points per game, 54.9% field goal percentage, 5.5 rebounds per game
G 6’3” Sr. Zack Shields – 10.2 points per game, 37.6% three-point percentage (73-for-194), 3.3 rebounds per game
G 5’8” Jr. Tim Franklin – 5.3 points per game, 4.8 assists per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, 1.7 steals per game