Saturday, February 23, 2013
Charlotte, N.C.—The North Greenville men’s basketball team continued its Conference struggles on Saturday night, suffering a 76-63 loss at the hands of Queens University. 

The Crusaders, who never led during the 40 minutes of regulation play, shot just 35.5% from the field and were 1-8 from beyond three. Tyshawn Patterson led the charge for North Greenville scoring 22 points. Patterson is now fourth in the country, averaging 24 points per game. Also scoring in double figures for NGU was Keith Johnson who scored 20. 

The Crusaders trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half of play, but fought their way back into the game, cutting the lead the Royals’ lead to just three at intermission. Patterson and Johnson led the way for the Crusaders in the first half accounting for 18 of NGU’s 26 points. 

North Greenville came out swinging in the second half. Tyshawn Pattern’s three pointer opened the scoring for the Crusaders in the 2nd period, cutting a four point queens lead to just one with 18:40 left in the game. The Royals were unable to extend their lead to double digits in the first five minutes of the period. The Crusaders stayed close for much of the second period, but were unable to put a run together to take the lead. 

The Royals would lead by as many as 19 in the final 10 minutes of play. Queens shot an impressive 52.9% from the field in the half, a 17 point improvement from their first half offensive performance. Antonio Stabler of Queens led all scorers with 23, to go along with 9 rebounds. Brandon Nichols of Queens also accounted for double digits in the scoring column with 13, while Tre McLean scored 11. 

The Royals improved to 10-8 in Conference Carolinas play with the win over NGU while the Crusaders fell to 5-13. North Greenville will finish its home schedule on Tuesday night when it hosts the Bobcats of Lees-McRae at 7:30 in Hayes Gymnasium.