Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wilson, N.C.—North Greenville had its seven game winning streak snapped on Monday night, as the Barton College Bulldogs earned an 84-80 victory over the Crusaders in Conference Carolinas midweek basketball action.

Korval McElroy led the charge from the point position for North Greenville, finishing Wednesday's game with 20 points. Lashawn Alexander finished with 16 points while Micah Parker and Spencer Reeves both finished in the double digit column with 15 points and 12 points. The Crusaders shot 64 percent in the first half, but the offense cooled off in the second as NGU shot just 48 percent.

The Crusaders were the hot team offensively on the court in the opening period, but NGU finished the half three points down. North Greenville led for first seven minutes of the game, but were unable to find any separation as the Bulldogs, who only shot 40 percent in the opening 20 minutes, hit shots down the stretch to keep the hot shooting Crusaders within arm's reach.

Barton took its first lead of the game with 13:03 left in the opening half on three free throws after a committed foul on a three point attempt. BC would lead by as many as eight during the half, with that lead coming at 8:02, but a quick 9-0 run by North Greenville would reclaim the lead for the Crusaders with just over six minutes left before halftime. The Bulldogs would reclaim serve and carry its lead into halftime, leading NGU 43-40.

The home standing Bulldogs would come out firing in the second half, outscoring the Crusaders 17-7 in the first eight minutes of play. The 13 point lead with 12:52 left in the game would be the largest gained by either team in all 40 minutes of regulation. As did the Bulldogs in the opening half, the Crusaders kept Barton within striking distance, not allowing for BC to gain a sizeable lead. The Crusaders made a move with 8:57 left in the game, using an 8-0 run to cut Barton's advantage to 68-66.

The lead would be cut to one with 4:14 left in the game, but Barton once again was clutch down the stretch matching NGU shot for shot to stay just ahead of the Crusaders. NGU would cut the lead to three with :06 left on the clock, but a free throw made by Barton would put the game just out of reach, as North Greenville dropped just its second Conference Carolinas game of the season, to fall to 4-2 in league play.

The Crusaders are now 8-3 overall on the season with another Conference Carolinas game this Saturday with King University coming to Tigerville. North Greenville and the Tornado will tipoff at 4pm in Hayes Gymnasium.