Tigerville, SC – In a bid for back-to-back wins, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team fell to Coker College 70-63 on Saturday afternoon in Hayes Gymnasium.
After the Crusaders scored the game’s opening basket, the Cobras put together a 12-2 run that they would never lose. Coker continued to dominate on both sides of the ball, taking a 32-23 advantage into the break.
The second half of action was all Coker as the Cobras controlled the game, building a lead as large as 13 points with just eight minutes remaining in the game. Despite a late comeback bid from the Crusaders, Coker closed out the game on an 11-4 run over the final four minutes to secure the eight point victory.
Only two players scored in double figures for North Greenville as senior Tyshawn Patterson led all scorers with 27 points, shooting 8-for-15 from the field and 9-for-11 from the free throw line.
Fellow senior Jimmy Ellis was the only other Crusader in double digits, finishing the game with 11 points in 23 minutes off of the bench. Sophomore Phillip Brown was just shy of a double-double, recording nine points and nine rebounds in the game.
North Greenville (8-11, 5-10 in Conference Carolinas) will host Erskine College in the final game of a three-game home stand on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.