Wilson, NC – The North Greenville University men’s basketball team opened its 2012 Conference Carolinas season with a 104-76 loss to Barton College on Saturday night.
In the second game of a three-game road trip, the Crusaders shot just 45.3 (29-for-64) percent from the field and 47.6 (10-for-21) percent from the free throw line, while committing a season-high 24 turnovers. In comparison, the Bulldogs shot 51.9 (40-for-77) from the field and earned 39 points off of turnovers as Barton improved to 4-0 on the season.
"I was very proud of our effort and pace of play in the first 30 minutes of play," said head coach Chad Lister. "We just gave up too many easy baskets and second chance points. You can't give the 15th ranked team in the country that many opportunities on their home floor."
The Bulldogs opened the game scoring six unanswered points before junior Keith Johnson put the Crusaders on the board with a layup at the 16:44 mark in the first half. North Greenville stayed close throughout the half, getting within four points before Barton put together a 10-3 run over a three minute period to gain their largest of the half at 38-27 with 4:47 remaining. The Crusaders continued to battle but could not over the lead as Barton took a 52-43 into the locker room.
North Greenville began the second half with a 17-10 run to get within four with 13:17 left on the clock. However, the Bulldogs got hot and held the Crusaders to just 16 points over the final 13 minutes of play to secure the 28-point victory.
For the third game in a row, senior Tyshawn Patterson led the team in scoring, finishing the game with 21 points in 35 minutes to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Fellow senior Jimmy Ellis followed close behind with a season-high 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-9 from three-point range.
Junior Chris Dean was one rebound short of a double-double, finishing the game with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field with nine rebounds, while Phillip Brown recorded eight points and a team-high 13 rebounds with two blocks in his first start of the season.
The Crusaders (2-1, 10 in Conference Carolinas) will end their three-game road trip on Monday, Nov. 19 as they travel to Mount Olive, NC to take on the Trojans of Mount Olive College at 7:30 p.m.