Tigerville, S.C.—North Greenville held off a late second half rally by the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey, en route to a 77-66 win, on a cold Wednesday night in Tigerville.
North Greenville shot 57 percent from the field in the first half, as the Crusaders finally found some separation from a scrappy BAC team that is now 1-17 Conference Carolinas play.
Consecutive three pointers from Phillip Brown would extend the NGU lead to 13 points, the largest of the game for North Greenville. The Crusaders would lead by as many as 20 during the opening 20 minutes of play, but a 7-2 run by Abbey would cut the NGU advantage to just 14 at halftime.
Belmont Abbey continued to claw its way back into the game in the second half. The Crusaders would eventually creep back into striking of distance of North Greenville, cutting the lead to single digits for the first time since the 8:46 mark of the first half. North Greenville would respond with 10 unanswered points to retake a 16-point lead.
The Crusaders would cool off from the field in the second half, falling off 14 percentage points, going just 10 of 23 from the field in the second period for 43 percent. NGU would hit shots down the stretch however, to put the game on ice, while improving 17-9 overall and 10-8 in Conference Carolinas play.
Spencer Reaves continued to be the main offensive threat for NGU, making a case for Freshman of the Year in the league. Reaves finished with 28 points going 4 of 10 from three-point range. Micah Parker and Lashawn Alexander both had 14 points while Korval McElroy finished with six assists.
The Crusaders are tied for third in Conference Carolinas right now with Lees-McRae, but the tiebreaker lies with the Bobcats after sweeping the series this season over NGU. The Crusaders will be back in action on Saturday against Erskine College at 4pm. NGU will wrap up the season on February 24th against Southern Wesleyan at 7:30 in Hayes Gymnasium.