Tigerville, SC – A depleted bench and poor first half shooting by the Crusaders allowed Barton College to down North Greenville University 79-65 on Saturday night in Hayes Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs, who shot 47.2 percent in the first half of action compared to just 33.3 percent by the Crusaders, jumped out to an early lead with a 25-11 in the first 10 minutes of the game. North Greenville was unable to gain much ground throughout the half, trailing 44-29 at intermission.
The second half held much of the same for both teams as the Crusaders never got within more than 13 points of the #23 Bulldogs, leading to the 79-65 defeat.
Barton, led by four double digit scorers, shot 39.4 percent in the contest while forcing 20 turnovers by North Greenville. The Crusaders shot 38.7 percent in the game and earned a 44-42 advantage on the boards.
Junior Keith Johnson led the Crusader offense with 20 points, shooting 6-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-6 from three-point range, in 31 minutes of play. Freshman AJ Clements was the only other Crusader in double figures as he came off of the bench to record 10 points, while Chris Dean totaled eight points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in the contest.
The Crusaders (4-6, 1-5 in Conference Carolinas) will take to the road for a three-game road trip beginning with a matchup against Lees-McRae College on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Banner Elk, NC at 7:30 p.m.