Tigerville, SC – In the final home game of the first semester, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team dropped an 89-76 contest to in-state rival Anderson University in Hayes Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Trojans opened up the game leading for much of the first half until the Crusaders tied the game at 23 apiece with 9:23 remaining in the half. North Greenville ended the opening half on a 12-7 run to gain a 35-30 edge at the halftime break.
After the intermission, Anderson used a 17-7 run to gain a lead they would hold on to for much of the remaining minutes. North Greenville closed the gap within one point at the 3:47 mark on two free throws from senior Tyshawn Patterson. However, the Trojans used another large run, this time a 17-5 edge, in the final three minutes of play to seal the 13-point victory.
Anderson’s Denzail Jones poured in a game-high 37 points, shooting 12-for-18 from the floor including 5-for-5 from three-point range and 8-for-10 from the free throw line to lead Anderson. Chandler Hash followed with 24 points of his own as Anderson shot 50.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.
As a team the Crusaders shot 38.6 percent from the floor but earned a 43-40 edge on the boards. Patterson led the team with 17 points despite shooting 4-for-19 from the floor, but hitting 8-of-9 free throws in the game to go with seven rebounds and five assists. Senior Jimmy Ellis recorded a season-high 17 points, shooting 5-for-7 from three point range and 6-for-9 overall in 25 minutes of play.
Keith Johnson shot 7-for-15 from the field for 15 points in 37 minutes, while Chris Dean rounded out the double-digit scorers for North Greenville with 13 points of his own. Phillip Brown narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds.
North Greenville (3-3, 1-2 in Conference Carolinas) will take to the road on Tuesday, Dec. 11 as they travel to Swannanoa, NC to play against Warren Wilson College at 7 p.m.