Swannanoa, NC – The North Greenville University men’s basketball team shot 53 percent from the field and committed a season-low 11 turnovers en route to a 102-96 victory over the Owls of Warren Wilson College on Tuesday night.
The win improves North Greenville’s overall record to 4-3, while ending Warren Wilson’s four-game win streak and bringing the Owls to a 7-6 overall record. North Greenville never trailed in the contest as the Crusaders scored 53 points in the opening half to secure a 15-point advantage at the break.
The Owls closed the gap with a 14-2 run to open the second half of play, but the Crusaders held strong and eventually gained their largest lead of the game with an 81-64 lead with 9:22 remaining in the game. North Greenville’s offense continued to outrun the Owls, closing out the game and earning the six-point win.
“We really played well on the offensive end tonight,” said head coach Chad Lister. “Our defensive effort was good in the first 20 minutes and in the middle eight of the second half. We just go stretches when we lose our focus and allow teams to get good looks. Coach [Greg] Neely has done a great job with Warren Wilson and they continue to improve every year. This was a quality road win for us.”
Four Crusaders scored in double-figures for North Greenville as senior Tyshawn Patterson had his best game in black and red with a season-high 37 points on 13-for-20 shooting from the field and 8-for-8 shooting from the free throw line to go along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Junior Keith Johnson also had his best game as a Crusader, finishing the game with a season-high 22 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field and 4-for-7 from three-point range, while also recording five rebounds. Senior Jimmy Ellis was the team’s top scorer off of the bench, recording 13 points in 21 minutes and junior Chris Dean rounded out the double-digits scorers with 10 points of his own.
The Crusaders (4-3, 1-2 in Conference Carolinas) will have a break before travelling to Hartsville, SC for a road contest with Coker College on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m.