Friday, January 2, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.—Micah Parker scored 24 and LaShawn Spencer piled on 22 more to lead North Greenville to a 95-85 overtime victory over Limestone College, Friday night in Hayes Gymnasium.

The Crusaders sprinted out to a quick 13 point lead in the first period, capping a 19-6 run with a Phil Brown three pointer, forcing the Saints to call a timeout to regroup. NGU led by as many as 16 during the opening frame, but Limestone continued to battle, cutting the Crusaders lead to two points with 2:48 left in the game. Korval McElroy would cap the first half scoring with a three pointer, as North Greenville would take a 40-35 lead into the locker room.

The Crusaders were 14-33 from the field in the opening period of play while the Saints closed at the half with a 12-30 performance. Parker led the way with 11 points going 2-4 from three point range while Korval McElroy finished with 9 points and was 2-2 from three point range. For limestone, Brolin Floyd led all scorers with 12 points while Shaq Dance finished the opening 20 minutes with 10.

The Saints came out swinging in the second half, scoring five of the first eight points to even the tally at 42. It was the first tie since the score stood at 0-0 and one of three in the second half. The Saints took their first lead of the game with 13:18 left in the game, as Brolin Floyd found the bottom of the net to give Limestone a 49-47 advantage.

North Greenville regained the lead with 2:54 left on the clock, and looked to run the clock. The Crusaders carried a six-point lead into the final 25 seconds of the game, but the advantage was cut to just three, as Teron Wallace hit a three with 19 seconds left. North Greenville looked to seal the win with a breakaway bucket, but a point blank miss would turn the ball over to Limestone, and the Saints would take advantage of the extra possession as Asaad Woods drained a three pointer to tie the score at 74-74 with 10 seconds left.

North Greenville controlled the ball for the final shot but a Micah Parker three pointer would rim out as regulation time expired, sending the game into overtime. The Crusaders wasted little time taking the lead in overtime as a pair of LaShawn Alexander free throws gives NGU a 76-74 lead. Alexander finished the overtime period with six points to lead all players in the overtime period.

The Crusaders would finish the game on a 10-3 run spanning just over two minutes to put the game on ice, while also extending a five game winning streak to six games. NGU is now 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Conference, keeping pace with the Conference leaders. The Crusaders will be back on the court Monday night at 5pm against the College of Faith in Hayes Gymnasium.