Charlotte, NC – After sneaking into the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the North Greenville University men’s basketball dropped a hard-fought battle with Queens University of Charlotte 83-73 on Tuesday night.
In the first half of action, Queens opened up an 11-point lead with 2:52 remaining, but North Greenville used three straight three pointers to close out the half on a 10-0 run and go into the half down 31-30.
The second half of play was controlled by the Royals as they opened the half on a 11-2 run and never trailed leading to the victory.
For the game, North Greenville (50.9%) and Queens (51%) has almost identical numbers shooting from the floor with the Crusaders having an edge on shooting from beyond the arc with 41.7% compared to 27.3% by the Royals. However, North Greenville got to the free throw line just 15 times compared to 33 attempts by Queens and turned the ball over 19 times in the contest.
"I am so pround of our team's effort tonight," said head coach Chad Lister. "We just couldn't keep Queens off the free throw line."
Jimmy Ellis was the top scoring Crusader finishing the game with a career-high 22 points, including 6-for-13 from three-point range.
Paul Harrison ended his college career with 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor, while Zack Shields and Jason Wray rounded out the double digit scorers with 12 and 10 points respectively.
"The guys worked hard every day and we were in a position to win each night," said Lister. "Our five seniors have meant so much to our program and the NGU community. It is a privilege to coach and build relationships with the future leaders."
The Crusaders end the inaugural season in Conference Carolinas with an overall record of 12-15 with a 5-11 record in conference, good enough for a fourth place finish in the Western Division and eighth overall in conference.
"Our coaches are about the furture of our program in Conference Carolinas," said Lister. "We are recruiting young men that will be champions on the floor and champions for Christ."