Misenheimer, NC – The Crusaders opened up the game on a 23-8 run over the first nine minutes of action as the North Greenville University men’s basketball team earned its second straight win, a 77-70 decision over Conference Carolinas’ foe Pfeiffer University on Saturday afternoon.
The Falcons were able to cut into the early deficit, getting as close as six points late in the first half, however the Crusaders held on for a 44-35 lead at the break.
Pfeiffer opened the second half of play with eight unanswered point to get within one, but the North Greenville defense was able to hold the advantage. The two teams battled for much of the final 10 minutes, recording five ties before four straight three-pointers gave the Crusaders a lead they never relinquished.
The Crusaders shot a season-high 40 percent from three-point range, knocking down 14-for-35 from beyond the arc, while shooting 43.9 percent from the field as North Greenville evened its overall record at 6-6 and improved its conference record to 3-5 on the season.
Tyshawn Patterson led all scorers with 24 points, shooting 7-for-11 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free throw line to go along with six rebounds and a game-high six assists.
Chris Dean also finished 7-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-5 from three-point range, to finish with 18 points, while Jimmy Ellis knocked down 5-for-13 attempts from long range to finish with 15 points in 25 minutes off of the bench. Phillip Brown narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds in the contest.
North Greenville (6-6, 3-5 in Conference Carolinas) will travel to Due West, SC for the final game of a three-game road trip against Erskine College on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.