Due West, SC – The Crusaders committed 18 turnovers as their two-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Erskine College Monday night. The Flying Fleet down North Greenville 79-70 as the Crusaders dropped their sixth conference match of the season.
North Greenville scored the first points of the game, however, Erskine never trailed for the rest of the first half as the Flying Fleet built a 36-32 lead at halftime. The Crusaders gained a slight one point edge with 17:39 remaining in the game but Erskine quickly pulled ahead and held their lead until the end of regulation.
The Flying Fleet shot 44.6 percent from the field and hit 8-for-25 from beyond the arch, while North Greenville shot 43.3 percent in the game but hit just 9-for-33 three-pointers in the game.
“We competed to stay in the game throughout,” said head coach Chad Lister. “Too many missed shots and unforced turnovers equals a tough night on the road in our conference.”
Tyshawn Patterson paved the way on offense for North Greenville as he scored 21 points and dished out six assists in 40 minutes of play. Chris Dean was the only other Crusader to score in double digits as he finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Phillip Brown was once again close to a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes of action.
The Crusaders (6-7, 3-6 in Conference Carolinas) return home on Saturday, Jan. 26 for a matchup with Queens University of Charlotte at 4 p.m. in Hayes Gymnasium.