Tigerville, S.C. - Justin Dotson scored 18-points in the second half and North Greenville cut a once 19-point lead to seven but the 14th ranked King Tornado proved too much for the Crusaders Tuesday night as they earned an 87-69 win over NGU in Hayes Gymnasium.
The Crusaders found themselves down quickly as the Tornado stormed out to a 15-point advantage with 11:11 left in the game. King would extend that lead to 21 as the two teams headed into halftime. North Greenville shot just 36-percent and turned the ball over 12 times, leading to 16 points for the Tornado.
The Crusaders came out firing in the second half, connecting on six of their first ten shots. The early second half momentum cut the Tornado lead to seven and was spurred by the three-ball as Dotson knocked down three triples while troy Blyden added three points of his own.
The Tornado struggled to find a rhythm in the early goings of the second half but eventually got things going again. Hunter LeVeau knocked down six three's of his own in the second half, keeping the Tornado in front of North Greenville. An 11-2 run would earn King a 62-46 cushion with 12:44 left in the game.
North Greenville would cut the lead to single digits once more as Dotson would connect on another three-pointer to make the score 64-55 with just over 10 minutes remaining. Turnovers would ultimately doom the Crusaders though as eight more in the second half would lead to 14 more points for King, which shot 47-percent from the field for the game and 52.6-percent from deep.
NGU struggled from the field in the first half but bounced back nicely in the second, shooting 59-percent overall and 50-percent from three-point range. Dotson finished the night with 23-points after missing most of the first half with foul trouble. Miguel Reyes Cartagena finished with 11-points while Jai Jencks scored 10.
NGU falls to 3-6 on the season and 1-2 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders will host Barton College on Friday night at 7:30pm.