Bristol, Tenn.—NGU’s men’s basketball team saw its season come to a close on Saturday night after falling to King University 96-73 in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas post season tournament. The
Crusaders and Tornado two previous games were decided by two points or less, but this game would not be quite as competitive. The Crusaders fell behind early as the Tornado sprinted to a 10-1 lead with 15:29 left in the opening period. North Greenville would trail by double digits for most of the half, but were able to keep the Tornado within reach until the final minutes of the half. King would close out the half on an 11-2 run to carry a commanding 44-25 lead into intermission.
The 19 point lead would be all the Tornado needed. North Greenville which shot just 45.8% from field and 54% from the charity stripe was unable to find the offensive fire power to claw back into the game. King also struggled from the floor during Saturday’s game, shooting just 41.3% but the Tornado took advantage of 18 NGU turnovers which led to 19 points. King also turned the ball over 21 times, which lead to just six NGU points.
Chris Dean lead North Greenville with 18 points and 10 rebounds in his final game as a Crusader. Phillip Brown posted 16 points with seven rebounds, and Keith Johnson, also in his last game for North Greenville scored 10.
NGU falls to 14-14 overall, and finished the season 7-9 in league play.