Tigerville, SC - The North Greenville men's basketball team shot 52.6 percent from the floor while holding Truett McConnell College to just 39 percent in an 85-61 victory over the Bears on Saturday night in Hayes Gymnasium.
Truett McConnell jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the opening minutes of play before the North Greenville offense was able to get on track.
The Crusaders built their lead to five points on a jumper by sophomore Troy Blyden midway through the half, with the lead growing to as large as 29-23 with two minutes left to play. The Bears closed the half on a slight 7-2 run as North Greenville held a 31-30 lead at intermission.
After the break, the Crusader offense ignited, using a 30-10 run over the first nine minutes of action to build a 61-40 lead with just over 11 minutes to play in the game. Two free throws by freshman Tommy Wade extended the North Greenville lead to as large as 28 points with under five minutes to play as the Crusaders secured the 24-point non-conference victory.
Freshman Spencer Reaves led all scorers with 18 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the floor, including 4-for-6 from beyond the three-point arc, with five rebounds and five assists.
Junior Korval McElroy followed with 15 points and four assists of his own, while senior Micah Parker rounded out the double-figure scorers for North Greenville with 11 points in 26 minutes. Wade finished with a season-high eight points and six rebounds as Blyden chipped in nine points of his own off the bench.
North Greenville (4-2, 2-1 Conference Carolinas) will have another non-conference tilt when they host Bob Jones University on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in Tigerville.