The North Greenville men's basketball team got back in the win column tonight behind excellent three-point shooting, taking down Southern Wesleyan in a tightly contested game, 78-75. The Crusaders shot 60% from behind the arc, making 12 threes to carry them to the victory.
The Crusaders grabbed a quick 8-3 lead to open the game before the Warriors got back in it. After trading the lead for a few baskets, the Crusaders went on a 10-2, taking score to 26-17 behind a layup and a three from Daniel Burchette. The Warriors would fight back, however, and bring the lead back down to five before the Crusaders went on another run, taking the lead to a game-high 14 points. The Warrior cut the lead late with two threes to cut into the deficit, down 43-35 at the break.
Southern Wesleyan opened the second half on a 10-0 run to take its first lead since the opening tip before North Greenville broke its scoring drought with a dunk from Tommy Wade. A 14-2 run followed the play as the Crusaders took a commanding lead before allowing SWU back into the game once again.
With 1:51 left in the game, the Crusaders held a 77-70 lead as Southern Wesleyan began to fire from deep in attempt to get back into the game. The shooting was too late, however, as Justin Dotson sealed the game for the Crusaders with late free throws.
Dotson paced the Crusader offense with 22 points, including 5-8 from three-point range, to go along with 8 rebounds while Miguel Cartagena led the team with six assists to go along with his 11 points. North Greenville held Southern Wesleyan to 32% shooting from beyond the arc while also out rebounding the Warriors 38-35. The win pushes North Greenville to 4-9 on the season and 2-5 in conference play.
The Crusaders return to action on January 18 as they take on the Pfeiffer University Falcons in a Conference Carolinas clash on the road. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.