Tigerville, S.C. – A cold shooting night in Tigerville hurt North Greenville in its second conference match of the season as the Crusaders dropped a 63-41 decision to Limestone College in the first ever televised basketball game in Hayes Gymnasium.
The Crusaders hit just 14 of their 48-shots on Tuesday night en route to a 29.2 percent shooting performance. NGU was better from three-point range, knocking down 8 of 23 attempts. Matt Moore and Miguel Cartagena led NGU in scoring with eight points each while Justin Dotson added eight points off the bench.
The Crusaders led early on but the Saints gained a one-point edge with 10:46 left in the first half, a lead that ballooned to 11-points before halftime as a three pointer at the buzzer earned the Saints a 34-23 lead. The Saints finished the night shooting 41.1 percent from the field and connected on nine three balls.
The Crusaders battled in the second half trying to claw their way back into contention but the Saints continued to lead by double digits down the stretch. North Greenville was also plagued by turnovers, committing 19 giveaways, which led to 21-points for Limestone. The Saints turned it over just five times while forcing seven steals.
The Saints led by as many as 24-points in the second half as a pair of free-throws put North Greenville in a 62-39 hole with 1:01 left in the game. Spencer Kirkpatrick would knock down a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 63-41 but with the game out of reach as it was in the final seconds.
The Crusaders fell to 4-2 on the season after the loss to Limestone and 0-2 in league play. The team will be back in action on Thursday night when it host Catawba at 7pm in Hayes Gymnasium.