Crusaders Take Down Belmont Abbey On The Road
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Crusaders Take Down Belmont Abbey On The Road

Belmont, NC - The North Greenville men's basketball team extended its winning streak to five straight games with a 92-76 victory over Conference Carolinas rival Belmont Abbey College on Saturday night.

After Belmont Abbey opened the game with a three-pointer, North Greenville used a 12-2 run to take a seven-point lead in the game's first five minutes of play. The NGU lead grew to as much as eight points before Belmont Abbey took a 29-28 lead with just under six minutes left in the opening half.

The two teams would trade baskets for the next few minutes, however North Greenville would control the final minutes of the half to claim a 43-38 lead at halftime.

In the second half of action North Greenville would come out of the locker room firing on all cylinders, shooting 74.1 percent in the half as the lead grew to as much as a 23-point advantage with nine minutes left on the game clock.

Belmont Abbey was never able to get any closer than a 13-point deficit as North Greenville secured the 92-76 victory on the road.

North Greenville shot 62.7 percent from the floor, while accumulating 21 assists and out-rebounding Belmont Abbey 36-22 in the contest.

Freshman guard Spencer Reaves led all scorers with a career-high 24 points and five rebounds, while senior LaShawn Alexander tied his season-high with 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor.

Forward Tommy Wade had his best offensive game as a Crusader thus far in his young career, shooting 7-for-8 from the floor en route to a career-high 14 points in 19 minutes off the bench.

Junior Korval McElroy filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while senior Phillip Brown rounded out the double-digit scorers for North Greenville with 11 points and eight rebounds.

North Greenville (6-2, 3-1 Conference Carolinas) will take a few weeks off before hosting conference foe Limestone College on Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Tigerville.