Brevard, N.C. – NGU men’s basketball wrapped the year 2016 on Friday night with an 80-76 loss to Brevard College.
Daniel Burchette had a big night for the Crusaders leading all players with 28-points on 10 of 15 shooting. Burchette knocked down four of his five three point attempts. Miguel Cartagena finished the night as NGU’s only other double-figure scorer with 16-points. Roderick Howell led all players with 10-rebounds.
The Crusaders led by as many as 11-points, that lead coming with 10:08 left in the game. NGU held its lead until late in the second half when the Tornado evened the score at 66-66. The Tornados led 71-69 with just 11-seconds left but a Troy Jones dunk would pull NGU even with Brevard, sending the game to overtime.
North Greenville struck first in overtime with a Burchette layup. The Tornados countered with a three pointer to gain a 74-73 edge with 3:05 left in the first overtime period. Miguel Cartagena answered with a three-ball of his own to give NGU a two-point lead with 2:48. The Cartagena triple would be the last basket for NGU though as the next the Crusaders would come up empty on their next five possessions.
Brevard would take advantage of NGU’s offensive woes in the final two minutes of play, ending the game on a 6-0 run to seal the non-conference victory over the Crusaders, effective splitting the season series with a win for each team. North Greenville downed the Tornados 87-74 in November.
The Crusaders now 5-4 overall will pick-up action in the New Year when they travel to Wilson, North Carolina to take on Barton College on January 3rd. Tipoff between the Crusaders and Bulldogs is scheduled for 7:30pm.