Tigerville, S.C. – A late comeback effort by North Greenville fueled by Jai Jenks’ 23-points leads North Greenville to a 103-100 win over Newberry College in overtime.
The Crusaders led at halftime after a back-and-forth opening 20-minutes of play. 10 lead changes and two ties marked a first half in which NGU shot just 48.6 percent while the Wolves shot just 37.1 percent. NGU carried a slim 46-44 lead into the locker room.
An 8-0 run from the Wolves to open the second half put North Greenville in a six-point hole early on in the second half. The Crusaders would fight back to regain a one-point edge as a Justin Dotson layup made the score 56-55 with 12:23 left in regulation. NGU extended its lead to 62-57 before the Wolves battled back, eventually taking the lead at 63-62.
The game remained close but the Wolves opened up a six-point lead with 1:48 left in the game. The Crusaders chipped away at the lead though as Daniko Jackson’s pair of free throws cut the lead to just two points with 1:09 left. Jackson came up big for NGU on the defensive end of the court on the Wolves’ next possession, picking the pocket of Newberry’s D.J. Copeland, converting the steal into another pair of free throws to tie the game at 89.
Miguel Reyes Cartagena gave NGU a two-point lead on its next possession with two more foul shots that made the score 91-89. The Wolves would even the score at 91-91 to send the game into overtime after a possession in the final seconds resulted in no points.
NGU would jump on the Wolves out of the gate, taking a five-point lead with 2:54 left, using a three-pointer from Dotson and another set of free throws from Daniel Burchette. The Wolves cut the lead to just two a couple of times in the final minutes of the game but North Greenville was able to keep the surging Newberry at arm's length, icing the game from…the free throw line as Tommy Wade put the game out of reach.
North Greenville had three other players in double-figures including Wade who had 18-points and a team-high nine-rebounds. Daniel Burchette finished with 14-points and five assists while Matt Moore finished with 10-points. Cartagena finished the night with seven points and a team-high six assists.
North Greenville improved to 2-0 for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. The Crusaders will host Bob Jones University on November 17th at 7:30pm in Hayes Gymnasium.