Due West, S.C.—NGU shot well below its season average on Saturday afternoon, but still found a way to earn its 11th Conference Carolinas win of the season with a 52-41 win over Erskine College.
North Greenville shot 45 percent from the field, five points under its season average of 50 percent. The Crusaders forced 10 Flying Fleet turnovers, five of which were steals, turning them into eight points. NGU struggled with control however, turning the ball over 19 times, leading to 17 Erskine points.
The Crusaders and Fleet traded the lead about times in the first half, but North Greenville would have final advantage as a 6-2 run in the final minutes of the period would earn NGU a 26-22 lead at the half. Korval McElroy led NGU with eight points in the first half, while Spencer Reaves finished with six.
North Greenville would use an impressive scoring run in the opening minutes of the second half to extend its lead to 16 points, midway through. The Crusaders outscored the Flying Fleet 19-7 in the first 10 minutes of the second to take a 45-29 lead.
Erskine would try to work its way back into Saturday's contest, cutting the lead to 11 points with 2:47 left in the game. NGU would capitalize on two if its final four possessions while the Fleet scored just four more points, as the Crusaders moved one step closer to hosting a first round Conference Carolinas tournament game, next weekend.
Spencer Reaves finished the day with 20 points to lead all scorers while McElroy finished Saturday with 10 points. The Crusaders are now 11-8 in Conference play with one more league game on the scheduled. NGU will host Southern Wesleyan University on Tuesday night at 7:30.