Gaffney, SC – Despite opening the game on a 9-0 run, the North Greenville men’s basketball team dropped its third straight Conference Carolinas’ matchup, losing 83-77 to the Saints of Limestone College.
The Crusaders opened with nine straight points before the Saints scored their first basket at the 17:14 mark in the first half of play. From there North Greenville held its lead until Limestone used a three-pointer by Asaad Woods to take a one-point lead midway through the half.
The two teams continued to battle throughout the final 10 minutes as the Saints closed the half with five unanswered points to take a 4-39 lead into intermission.
Limestone controlled the second half of play, leading by as much as 10 points and never giving up its lead en route to the six-point home victory.
Crusader junior Phillip Brown secured his 14th double-double with game-highs of 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting from the floor and 15 rebounds. Fellow junior Micah Parker broke out of a recent scoring slump, recording 23 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, while Keith Johnson totaled 16 points and six assists.
North Greenville (12-8, 5-5 Conference Carolinas) will look to get back on the winning side of things as they host Barton College on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. in Hayes Gymnasium.