Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville men's basketball team dropped its second conference game in a row on Saturday afternoon after an 82-72 loss to King College.

The Tornado jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead in the opening three minutes of play, hitting their first three a shots, all from three point range. The Tornado (12-2, 7-0 CC) got their first two-point basket six minutes in when Mack Owens made a jumper in the paint, but Jackson followed with another triple to put King up 23-9 seven minutes in. The Crusaders (8-4, 4-3 CC) fought their way back down 30-23, but Hunter LeVeau answered with yet another three-point basket and Owens followed with a fastbreak layup after a Scales steal. King led 51-34 with two minutes remaining in the first half, but the Crusaders answered with a triple to make the halftime score 51-37 at the break.

North Greenville came out a tried to make a run early in the second half, cutting their deficit to eight before Good connected on another three-point basket to make the score 54-43 two minutes in. After a Crusader triple, Good made another trifecta before North Greenville cut their deficit to seven with four straight points.

However, King went on a 7-1 run to stretch their lead back to 65-53 with seven minutes left. King later led 74-59 before they had to withstand one final push from the Crusaders. North Greenville cut their deficit to 78-71, but the Tornado iced the game with four free throws to make the final score 82-72.

King shot 39.7 percent from the floor and 35.9 percent from three, including marks of 50.0 percent and 48.0 percent in the first half, respectively. On the other side, the Crusaders shot 51.1 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from the three.

The Crusaders were led by Phil Brown who finished the game with a double-double with 11 rebounds and 31 points to lead all scorers, going 5-6 from three point range. Spencer Reaves finished the game with 14 points while Korval McElroy had 10.

NGU will host Lees McRae on Tuesday night with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 pm.