Brown Sets School Record In Loss To Erskine
Due West, SC – The Crusaders were unable to knock off any new year rust, dropping its first contest of the new year 83-70 at the hands of the Flying Fleet of Erskine College on Saturday afternoon.
The Fleet and Crusaders keep the game for much of the first half with Erskine claiming an early lead over the first eight minutes of play until and 11-5 run by North Greenville gave the road team a six-point lead at the 7:53 mark.
The teams would play to a tie three more times in the half until the Flying Fleet closed out the half on a 13-6 run to take hold of a 40-33 lead at intermission.
Erskine never trailed in the second half of play, gaining a lead as large as 18 points with just under three minutes remaining on the clock as they secured the 13-point win on their home floor.
All five starters for North Greenville scored in double figures, led by senior Keith Johnson who finished the game with 15 points.
Junior Phillip Brown recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and a single game school record 20 rebounds to go along with three blocks, while senior Chris Dean followed close behind with 13 points of his own.
Juniors Micah Parker and Patrick George each totaled 11 points in the contests, as the Crusaders shot 37.5 percent from the floor and 35 percent from beyond the three-point arc in the game but committed a costly 14 turnovers, compared to just seven turnovers by Erskine.
North Greenville (7-4, 2-1 Conference Carolinas) will travel to Wilson, NC for another conference tilt with Barton College on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m.