CRUSADERS OUTLASTED BY #18 MOUNT OLIVE
Monday, January 19, 2015
CRUSADERS OUTLASTED BY #18 MOUNT OLIVE
Picture by Hannah Helbert

Tigerville, S.C.—The #18 Mount Olive Trojans proved too much for North Greenville on Monday night as the Crusaders fell 74-67 in a closely contested Conference Carolinas showdown in Hayes Gymnasium.

The Trojans led from the 18:57 mark of Monday's game until the final buzzer, but not before weathering an upset minded NGU squad. The Crusaders used a solid defensive effort on Monday night to keep the Trojans three points under their season average while also forcing the Trojans to shoot three points under their season average.

UMO led by as many as 14 points in the opening period, but the Crusaders solid effort held the Trojans from gaining anymore ground. North Greenville would cut the lead to just six with 3:46 left in the half after a Miach Parker layup found the bottom of the net. NGU would trial by just eight as the two squads headed into halftime.

The Crusaders continued to battle from behind during the second half, cutting the Mount Olive lead to a one possession game several times, only to see the Trojans put together a quick run to regain a comfortable margin. The Crusaders put together one more run in the final 90 seconds of the game, going on a 7-0 run to cut the UMO lead from 11 to just four after a Leshawn Alexander nailed a 15 footer to cut the lead to 71-67.

True to form on Monday, the Trojans answered NGU's challenge, hitting a pair of free throws to regain a two-possession lead at 73-67. NGU's then turned the ball over in its next possession but a missed free throw from the Trojans gave NGU new life. The Crusaders would try to cut the lead to three, but a Spencer Reaves three pointer from the corner was long, as Mount Olive recovered the board, as NGU fouled to stop the clock with just four seconds left. The Crusaders would throw up a final three pointer as the buzzer sounded but the shot was long as Mount Olive escaped with the win.

Spencer Reaves continued his solid freshmen campaign scoring 18 points, going 3-5 from the three point line. Korval McElroy also finished with 18 points and three assists. Lashawn Alexander had 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. North Greenville fell to 10-6 overall and 5-5 in conference play after the loss to Mount Olive. NGU will be back in action at 2pm Wednesday, playing host to the College of Faith at the Charlotte Hornets Arena, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Spencer Reaves continued his solid freshmen campaign scoring 18 points, going 3-5 from the three point line. Korval McElroy also finished with 18 points and three assists. Lashawn Alexander had 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. North Greenville fell to 10-6 overall and 5-5 in conference play after the loss to Mount Olive. NGU will be back in action at 2pm Wednesday, playing host to the College of Faith at the Charlotte Hornets Arena, in Charlotte, North Carolina.