Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Central, S.C.—Spencer Reaves scored a career high 27 points, 12 of which came from three point range while three others players scored in double-digits as the North Greenville Men's basketball team cruised past Southern Wesleyan University 87-71 in Conference Carolinas play.

Southern Wesleyan was the aggressor early in the game, going on a 5-0 run off the tip. Lashawn Alexander got NGU on the board with a layup to cut the lead to three before Spencer Reaves got it going on offense. His first three pointer of the game tied the score at five. Southern Wesleyan would hold the lead just once more during the game, that advantage coming with 17:03 left in the first half when the Warriors led 7-5.

The Crusaders would go on to shoot 50 percent in the first half, and lead by as may as 12 points. North Greenville would survive a couple SWU runs late in the half, en route to a six point lead as the team's headed into intermission. Jai Jenks would put the exclamation point on a solid first half for the Crusaders with a layup, and a block on the defensive end of the court on the Warrior's final attempt of the period.

The NGU offense was solid in the first half, it was almost unstoppable in the second. The Crusaders shot 60 percent from the field during the final period of play, riding the strength of Reaves, who scored 18 of his 27 points. Reaves was 6-10 overall during the second period, and 3-6 from three point range. As a team, the Crusaders were 12-20 and 4-9.

NGU led by only six with 17:29 left, but Reaves would spark the NGU offense, scoring 10 consecutive points to give the Crusaders a 56-40 lead. The Warriors would make a run late in the game, cutting NGU's advantage to 10, but Phillip Brown got into the three point action, nailing a 20 footer to extend the lead to 13. NGU would build its lead to 15 points, topped off by Micah Parker free throws with 53 seconds left to extend the advantage to 17. A final free throw from SWU would make the deficit 16 as the clock expired.

Also scoring in double digits for the Crusaders was Lashawn Alexander who finished the night 18 points and 11 rebounds. Korval McElroy had 15 points and five assists while Chris Brown scored 10 points. North Greenville improves to 14-7 overall and 8-6 in league play with a non conference game against Bob Jones University scheduled for Thursday night at 7:30