Franklin Springs, GA—North Greenville men’s basketball fell to 1-4 in league play on Friday night after a 72-59 loss to Emmanuel College.
The Crusaders trailed by as many as 10-points in the first half but closed the gap late in the period, even taking the lead for the first time at 32-31 with 2:06 left. The Lions would end the half with a layup though to take a 33-32 lead.
The two offenses traded the lead a couple times in the opening minutes of the second period before the Lions opened up a 10-point lead with and an 11-0 run. Miguel Cartagena ended a nearly four minute scoring drought for the Crusaders who now trailed 46-38 with 14:57.
The Lions continued to pressure the Crusaders with an offense that knocked down 10 three pointers on the night compared to just one for NGU. Emmanuel used four of those threes in the second half to extend its lead to 15-points (65-50) with 4:58 remaining in the game.
North Greenville continued to fight and chiseled the lead to 11 points with 2:02 left but ran out of gas down the stretch as the Lions wrapped up the game on 4-0 run to earn the league victory.
Miguel Cartagena led North Greenville with 16-points on the day while Roderick Howell and Tommy Wade each had nine.
North Greenville will be back in action on Tuesday night against Pfeiffer at 7:30 in Tigerville. Saturday’s scheduled game with Erskine has been rescheduled for a February 9th meeting due to impending winter weather.