Monday, January 5, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Men's Basketball team extended its win streak to seven games on Monday night, with a dominating 120-65 victory of the Saints from the College of Faith from Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Crusaders trailed briefly in the opening minutes of the game but quickly gained the upper hand and began extending their advantage. North Greenville had six players in double figures, including Chris Brown who finished the night with 23 points to lead all scorers. Jai Jenks finished with a season high 18 points while Spencer Reaves and Troy Blyden both put down 15. Tommy finished with 12 points while Blake Payne finished with a career high 10 points, going 2-4 from three point range. All 14 of NGU's players got in on the scoring, Monday evening.

NGU struggled to pull ahead of an athletic Saints for the first several minutes first half, leading by only six with 13:45 left in the period. The next six minutes however would put North Greenville up by a sizeable lead, as the Crusaders outscored College of Faith 21-7 during the mid-half rally. NGU would stack on seven more points to the lead, leading 60-33 as the two squads headed to the locker room for intermission.

A 16-2 run to open the second half would set the tone for the remainder of the game as the Crusaders took a commanding 78-35 advantage, extending the lead to 43 points. North Greenville would lead by as many as 57 points, their largest lead total of the season. The 55 point win was NGU's largest margin of victory since 2010.

NGU improved to 8-2 overall after Monday's non-conference contest. The Crusaders will step back into league play on Wednesday evening when they travel to Wilson, North Carolina to take on the 7-6 Barton Bulldogs. Tipoff between North Greenville and Barton is scheduled for 7:30 pm.