Belmont, NC – In their third game of the week, the North Greenville University men’s basketball team dropped a last second 90-89 decision at the hands of Belmont Abbey College on Saturday night.
Belmont and North Greenville kept the game close for the first 11 minutes of play until North Greenville jumped out a 27-18 lead with 8:15 to play, their largest lead of the first half. Belmont quickly closed the gap as North Greenville carried a slim 46-44 lead into the half.
North Greenville continued to control the game, leading by as much as 11 points during the first 11 minutes of the second half until Belmont tied the game at 72-72 with just over eight minutes to play.
The lead for North Greenville again stretched to 11 points at the 4:21 mark, but Belmont closed the game on a 16-4 run as a free throw by Jonathon Garrett with one second left led the home team to victory.
As a team, North Greenville shot 58 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc, while Belmont made 51.7 percent of their shots from the floor and an outstanding 46.2 percent from long range.
Senior Chris Dean totaled a game-high 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the floor, while Phillip Brown recorded 22 points and nine rebounds in just 22 minutes of action. Micah Parker chipped in 15 points of his own as Keith Johnson rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points and six assists.
North Greenville (12-6, 5-3 Conference Carolinas) will continue their road trip as they travel to Bristol, TN for a matchup with King University on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.