Mount Olive, N.C. – Four players scored in double-figures for North Greenville including Miguel Reyes Cartagena who had a game high 24-points, leading NGU to an 88-57 win over Mount Olive.
The win over the Trojans is North Greenville’s first conference win of the season. Corey Walters was second on the team with 14-points while Tommy Wade scored 12-points. Daniel Burchette was NGU’s fourth double-figure scorer with 10-points. Burchette was one rebound shy of a double-double as he collected nine boards to go along with two assists.
The beginning of Saturday’s contest was closely contested but NGU began to pull away late in the first half. NGU pieced together a late run to gain a seven-point advantage at halftime. North Greenville shot 41.7-percent as a team in the first half, knocking down 15 of its 36 attempts from the field. The Trojans struggled on offense, shooting just 32-percent in the opening 20-minutes.
North Greenville’s offense heated up in the second half, as a 19 of 30 shooting performance eventually earned the Crusaders a 30-point lead on the heels of a 17-7 run which gave them a 78-48 lead with 4:27 left in the game. The scoring outburst which spanned five minutes of the second frame all but put the game away for the Crusaders who earned their first win over the Trojans since the 2014 Conference Carolinas championship.
The Crusaders are now 5-3 on the season and 1-2 in league play. Saturday night’s game against the Trojans is NGU’s final game until December 30th when the team travels to Brevard College for a 4pm tipoff.