Thursday, January 29, 2015

Franklin Springs, GA—The North Greenville men's basketball team dropped a Conference Carolinas matchup with Emmanuel College on Thursday night, 94-77, despite shooting 54 percent from the field.

The Crusaders had five players in double figures, including Korval McElroy who finished with 18 points to lead the Crusaders. Leshawn Alexander also scored 18 points.

North Greenville got off to a hot start, taking an 11-2 lead on the heals of six points from Alexander in the first four minutes of the game. McElroy added a three pointer while Phil Brown, who finished with 15, sunk two free throws, leaving 16:59 left on the first period clock.

The Crusaders continued to lead for the entire first period, holding off a couple comeback attempts from the Lions, including 7-2 run which cut North Greenville's lead to 32-27. The Crusaders put together their best half of shooting this season, goinv 15-20 from the for 75 percent. This included a 3-3 performance from the free throw line. NGU was equally impressive from the charity stripe, hitting 12 of 13 shots for 92.3 percent.

The night seemed to be going NGU's way until the Lions took advantage of a rare lull in NGU's scoring. North Greenville failed to score a basket for just over three minutes, allowing for Emmanuel to take its first lead of the game. The Lions scored 14 unanswered points, a run in which NGU turned the ball over four times, leading to 13 of the 14 points.

Spencer Reaves stopped NGU's offensive woes with a three pointer to cut the lead to 63-62, followed by a Tommy Wade tip in to help North Greenville regain 64-63 edge. Emmanuel would score the next 11 points however, using another NGU scoring drought to take the lead for the final time. NGU would pull no closer than seven points for the remainder of the game, as about five scoreless minutes ultimately doomed the Crusaders.

The Crusaders fall to 12-7 overall and 6-5 in league play as the team heads into the final nine games of the season. NGU will host Pfieffer on Saturday afternoon at 4pm.