Brevard, NC – The North Greenville men’s basketball team earned its second straight win to open the 2012 season with a 84-76 victory over Brevard College on Wednesday night.
The Crusaders led for the majority of the first half, building an 11-point lead with 4:13 remaining in the opening period. However, the Tornados ended the half on a 17-2 run to make the halftime score 40-36 in favor of Brevard.
North Greenville was able to make the necessary halftime adjustments, tying the score at 52 apiece with 13:02 remaining on the game clock. The Crusaders gained their first lead of the second half at the 9:37 mark on a three-pointer by senior Jimmy Ellis.
Brevard fought back to take a two-point lead with 4:23 on the clock but North Greenville would handle the pressure and end the game with a 18-8 run to claim the eight point victory on the road.
Three Crusaders scored in double figures as senior Tyshawn Patterson led the way with a game-high 33 points on 11-for-24 shooting from the field, while junior Chris Dean was the team’s second-leading scorer with 22 points, finishing 7-of-14 from the floor, including 3-of-7 from three-point range. Junior Keith Johnson rounded out the double digit scorers with 16 points of his own as Ellis led all reserves with nine points in 21 minutes.
As a team, the Crusaders shot 41.5 percent from the field, including 39.3 percent from three-point range and 86.4 percent from the charity stripe. The Tornados outrebounded North Greenville 45-30, however the Crusaders forced 22 turnovers and turned that into 34 points, while committing just nine giveaways in the game.
“We had a lot of players contribute tonight,” said head coach Chad Lister. “It may not show up on the stat sheet but out defensive intensity was great. To win in a tough environment and shot 19-of-22 from the free throw line showed a great deal of poise.”
North Greenville (2-0, 0-0 in Conference Carolinas) will continue its three-game road trip as the team travels to Wilson, NC on Saturday, Nov. to take on the Bulldogs of Barton College at 7:30 p.m. in the first Conference Carolinas game of the season.