Franklin Springs, GA - North Greenville's offense struggled on Tuesday night in a 65-56 loss to Emmanuel College.
The Crusaders fell to 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in Conference Carolinas play while the Lions improved to 5-1 overall. Justin Dotson led North Greenville with 19 points while Miguel Reyes Cartagena finished with 13 as the only other double-figure scorer.
The Crusaders knocked down the first points of the game but an early scoring drought found the Crusaders down by 13 points as the Lions jumped out to a 16-3 lead with 12 minutes left in the opening period. Back-to-back buckets from Troy Blyden and Dotson would cut the lead to 21-16 but the Lions would finish the half on an 8-2 run to extend their lead back to double-digits.
The Closest North Greenville would come to the Lions in the second half was eight points as Cartagena hit a three pointer with 7:21 left to cut Emmanuel's advantage to 49-41. The Crusaders would cut the lead back down to single digits a couple more times in the stretch run but the Lions kept NGU at arms length as the Crusaders shot just 12-30 from the field in the second period.
The Lions finished the game shooting 40 percent including a 50 percent performance from three-point range. The Crusaders out-rebounded Emmanuel by one, 36-35 but the Lions Bench put in 23-points, giving the Emmanuel Lions a boost on offense.
North Greenville will break for exams before returning to the court on December 11th to take on USC Upstate in an exhibition game scheduled to begin at 7pm.