Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.—Four players scored in double figures as NGU put together one of its best shooting performances of the season en route to an 83-63 win over Columbia International University, in Thursday night non-conference basketball action.

North Greenville shot 54 percent from the floor for the game, including a 59% second half, going 29-53 from the floor. Spencer Reaves led the offensive charge for NGU, scoring 15 points, including a 3-5 performance from three-point range. Jai Jenks, Phillip Brown, and Micah Parker all scored 12 for the Crusaders.

North Greenville went on a 5-0 run to open the game, but then suffered through a three minute scoring drought. The Rams finally found the board with 15:16 left in the opening frame, cutting NGU's lead to 5-2. CIU kept it close for much of the first half, but NGU never trailed during the game. The Crusaders extended led by 12 with just 6:52 left in the first half, but a CIU three pointer would cut the lead back down to single digits. It would be the closest the rams would be to North Greenville for the remainder of regulation.

North Greenville matched the CIU three pointer with a 6-0 run to gain full command of the game, running the lead out to 15 with 5:12 left until intermission. Micah Parker would put the exclamation point on the first half with a three pointer at the buzzer to give NGU its largest lead, a 43-25 advantage at the half.

North Greenville's lead would remain in the 20's for more than 18 minutes of the second period. The Rams tried to get themselves back in the game a little more than midway through, putting together a 8-2 run to cut North Greenville's lead to 19, but NGU answered with another 6-0 run to crank the lead back to 26 with 8:29 left in the contest. The lead would be cut back to 18 by CIU with 1:38 left, but a Jai Jenks layup would give the Crusaders the 20-point victory.

The Crusaders improved to 9-5 at the midpoint of the season. NGU will continue a five game home stand on Saturday afternoon with local Conference Carolinas rival Erskine College coming to Tigerville. The tipoff between North Greenville and the visiting Flying Fleet is scheduled for 4pm.