Tigerville, SC – In front of a packed Hayes Gymnasium, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team reached the century mark for the third time this season, defeating Conference Carolinas’ rival Pfeiffer University 104-82 on Thursday night.
The Falcons scored the first basket of the game but the two-point lead was their only advantage of the game. After the opening basket, the Crusaders put together a 15-3 run over a four minute span to build a lead they never relinquished. North Greenville built its lead to as much as 21 points with just over three minutes remaining as the team went into the break with a 48-33 lead.
The second half of action mirrored the first as the Crusader offense continued to dominate, building its largest lead of 30 with five minutes remaining on the game clock. The Crusaders shot 58.5 percent from the floor, including 46.7 percent from three-point line and 82.4 percent from the free throw line en route to the 104-82 victory.
Senior Tim Franklin broke the single game record for assists as he dished out 15 helpers in just 29 minutes of play as the Crusaders racked up 33 assists as a team. Fellow senior Tyshawn Patterson led all scorers with a game-high 27 points to go along with six assists, while junior Keith Johnson poured in a career-high 23 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor, including6-for-9 from long range, to go with nine rebounds and four assists.
Junior Chris Dean recorded 16 points in 27 minutes, while senior Jimmy Ellis and Jamaal Pryor scored 12 and 10 points respectively. Sophomore Phillip Brown filled up the stat sheet as he finished the game with eight points, nine rebounds and a season-high five blocks in the game.
The Crusaders (8-10, 5- in conference) have a quick turnaround as they host Coker College on Saturday, Feb. 9 beginning at 4 p.m.