Greenville, S.C.—The North Greenville men's basketball team continued its solid season on Thursday, adding a 15th "W" to win column with an 86-66 win over Bob Jones University.
The Bruins played North Greenville hard in the opening period, leading for more than 15 minutes, but NGU would close the half with a solid run to take the lead at intermission. NGU finished the final six minutes of the half with a 16-10 outburst that gave NGU the 33-32 lead. Korval McElroy and Phillip Brown put the exclamation point on the final minutes of play, scoring 12 of the 16, including eight from Brown.
North Greenville would begin to pull away with 6:48 left in the second half. A layup from Brown would extend NGU's lead to 10. He was followed up by a Spencer Reaves three pointer which gave NGU a 53-66 lead, the biggest by either team all game.
Phillip Brown would finish off a run of seven unanswered points for NGU with two free throws and a layup that gave NGU a 17-point advantage. The Bruins cut the lead to 13 with 3:07 left. Reaves would once again distance NGU with a layup to extend the advantage to 15. Korval McElroy and Lashawn Alexander would thwart any BJU comeback attempt with four points to extend the lead to 17.
Six players would score in double-digits for the Crusaders including Brown who finished with 21 points and six rebounds. McElroy had 16 while Reaves and Micah Parker finished with 12 each. Lashawn Alexander rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11. The Crusaders struggled in the first half, shooting just 41.9 percent, but rebounded in a big way, shooting 78.3 percent in the second half, their best shooting performance this year.
The Crusaders are now 15-7 overall, and look to improve their Conference Carolinas standing on Saturday when they travel to Mount Olive, North Carolina to take on the 15th ranked Trojans. NGU and Mount Olive will tipoff around 4pm.