Toccoa Falls, GA – In a rematch of the first game of the season, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team hit the century mark for the fourth time this season, downing the Eagles of Toccoa Falls College 106-65 on Thursday night.
The Crusaders held a 59-41 edge at the halftime break and outscored the Eagles 47-24 over the final 20 minutes of play to seal the 41-point win, their largest margin of victory this season.
As a team North Greenville shot an impressive 52.7 percent from the floor, including 40.6 percent from three-point range and 83.3 percent from the free throw line while out-rebounding Toccoa Falls 45-32 in the contest. On the defensive side of the ball, the Crusaders held the Eagles to just 33.3 percent shooting from the floor and just 15.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Chris Dean led all scorers with 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-6 from three-point range, while pulling down 12 rebounds for his second double-double this season.
Tyshawn Patterson chipped in 23 points of his own in just 27 minutes of play, while Jamaal Pryor totaled season-highs of 16 points and 13 rebounds in his second start of the season. AJ Clements rounded out the double-digit scorers, finishing with a career-high 10 points and Jimmy Ellis chipped in nine points off of the bench.
North Greenville (9-12, 5-11 in Conference Carolinas) will be back in Conference Carolinas’ action on Saturday, Feb. 16 as they travel to Belmont, NC for a matchup with Belmont Abbey at 7:30 p.m.