Tigerville, SC – Despite scoring a season-low 63 points, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team put together its most impressive defensive effort, downing King College 63-55 on Wednesday night in Hayes Gymnasium.
The Tornado, currently the second place team in Conference Carolinas at 8-4 in conference play, were held to 30.6 percent shooting from the floor, including just 18.2 percent from three-point range. The Crusaders themselves shot 42.4 percent from the floor and earned an edge on the boards, outrebounding King 48-39 in the contest.
The first half of play was heavily contested as neither team gained an edge of more than six points, however, the Crusaders were able to hang on and take a 26-22 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half of action the offense came alive as North Greenville put together a 22-13 run over the first eight minutes of the half to gain their biggest lead of the game at 48-35 with just under 12 minutes to play. The Tornado closed the gap within five points at the six minute mark but the Crusader defense held strong to earn the eight point victory.
Tyshawn Patterson poured in 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead the Crusaders on both sides of the ball. Keith Johnson recorded his second straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Phillip Brown was close to a double-double himself with 12 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Chris Dean rounded out the double digit scorers for North Greenville with 10 points of his own to go with seven rebounds in the game.
The Crusaders (7-8, 4-7 in conference) will look to put together back-to-back conference wins as they host Mount Olive College on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. in Tigerville.