Hartsville, SC – In the first game of the new year, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team dropped a road contest to Conference Carolinas’ foe Coker College 79-68 on Saturday afternoon.
The Cobras and Crusaders battled for much of the first half with neither team gaining a decisive edge until Coker ended the first half on a small 10-4 run to gain a 33-24 edge at the break.
North Greenville closed the gap to just two points after a three-pointer by Tyshawn Patterson at the 9:37 mark. The Crusaders and Cobras continued to trade baskets for much of the half, however, Coker’s first half lead proved too much for North Greenville to overcome as the Cobras earned the 79-68 victory.
Patterson led all scorers with a season-high 39 points, shooting 14-for-24 from the field and 6-for-11 from three-point range while also knocking down 5-for-6 from the free throw line to go along with five rebounds in 40 minutes of play.
Phillip Brown recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds with two steals, while Chris Dean totaled seven points, nine rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes of action.
"We had a good week of practice and preperation but we struggled shooting the ball today," said head coach Chad Lister. "I was proud of the way we battled and gave outselves a chance to win. We just made too many mistakes at crucial times."
As a team, the Crusaders shot a season-low 33.3 percent (24-for-72) from the floor, while Coker had a slight edge shooting 36.5 percent (27-for-74) from the floor. The Cobras’ showed their strength on the boards, outrebounding North Greenville 56-43 in the game, while also recording 18 assists compared to just nine by the Crusaders.
North Greenville (4-4 overall, 1-3 in Conference Carolinas) will return home on Jan. 8 for a conference matchup with in-state rival Limestone College at 7:30 p.m. in Hayes Gymnasium.