Crusader Comeback Falls Short In Loss To King
Bristol, TN – In a game that was rescheduled due to inclement weather earlier this season, the North Greenville men’s basketball team mounted a second half comeback that fell just short as the Crusaders suffered an 86-85 loss to the Tornado of King University on Monday night.
The first half of action was controlled by the Tornado as King built its lead to as much as 12 points at the 8:21 mark before carrying an eight-point, 41-33 lead into intermission.
The Crusaders closed to within six points during the first five minutes of the second half until a 15-2 run extended the King lead to 64-45 with 10:57 left to play.
Over the final 10 minutes of play the Crusaders battled back, cutting the deficit to singles digits with just over two minutes on the clock.
North Greenville closed the game on a 14-6 run and had a shot to win the game at the buzzer, however, a three-pointer hit the front of the rim to seal the win for King on their home floor.
Freshman Thomas Horn had the best game of his young career, scoring a career-high 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-8 from three-point range, in 29 minutes off of the bench.
Senior Keith Johnson also totaled 22 points, thanks in large part to a 12-for-13 performance from the free throw line, to go with eight rebounds and six assists. Junior forward Phillip Brown totaled 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting with six rebounds, while fellow junior Micah Parker finished with of his own.
The Crusaders (12-10, 5-7 Conference Carolinas) will look to right the ship as they host Lees-McRae College on Wednesday, Feb. 12 for a 7:30 p.m. matchup in Tigerville, SC.