Bristol, TN - The North Greenville University men's basketball team opened up its 2014 Conference Carolinas' schedule with an 82-62 defeat at the hands of King University on Wednesday night.
After the Crusaders scored the game's first basket, the Tornado controlled the first half, extending its lead to as much as an 18-point advantage with 6:06 to play. King held a decisive 44-29 lead at the half despite North Greenville shooting 52.4 percent from the floor in the opening half.
The Tornado lead would grow to as large as 23 points with just under three minutes left to play as King secured the 20-point victory on their home floor. The Crusaders shot 51.1 percent from the floor but were forced into 23 turnovers in the game.
Three Crusaders scored in double figures as freshman Spencer Reaves recorded a career-high 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-6 from long range in 33 minutes of play.
Senior forward LaShawn Alexander totaled 12 points and a team-high five rebounds, while fellow senior Micah Parker chipped in 10 points of his own with four rebounds. Senior Phillip Brown totaled eight points and five rebounds, as junior Korval McElroy filled up the stat sheet with eight points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Crusaders (1-2, 0-1 Conference Carolinas ) will take a week off before hosting conference foe Emmanuel College on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Tigerville.