Belmont, NC – Despite having five players in double figures, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team dropped a high-scoring road contest to Belmont Abbey College 120-99 on Monday night.
After North Greenville scored the game’s opening basket Belmont Abbey took control of the game and built a lead a high as 29 in the first half, taking a 67-41 lead into the halftime intermission. The second half held much of the same as Belmont extended its lead to 33 with 12:37 remaining in the game leading to a 21-point victory.
North Greenville shot 45.6 percent from the field, including 30.8 percent from three-point range, while forcing Belmont into 16 turnovers in the game. However, Belmont Abbey shot 47.5 percent from the field and his 37-for-38 free throws (97.4 percent) while out-rebounding North Greenville 51-38 in the contest.
Chris Dean led the Crusaders in scoring for the second straight game with 25 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the floor with eight rebounds. Jamaal Pryor recorded his second double-double in as many games with 19 points and team-high 11 rebounds, while Jimmy Ellis scored 19 points of his own in 26 minutes off of the bench.
Keith Johnson had another solid game, scoring 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, including 3-for-6 from three-point range. Tyshawn Patterson struggled from the floor, shooting 4-for-13 overall, totaling 15 points with five assists.
North Greenville (9-13, 5-12 in Conference Carolinas) will hit the road again on Wednesday, Feb. 20 for a matchup with Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, NC at 2:15 in Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the Charlotte Bobcats.