Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville shot 50-percent in the second half of Thursday’s game against Columbia International to defeat the Rams 75-57 in non-conference action.
Three players scored in double-figures for the Crusaders including Miguel Cartagena who finished with 17-points to go along with four assists. Tyland Crawford scored a career high 13-points while Justin Dotson added 11. The Crusaders dominated the boards on Thursday with 47-rebounds compared to just 28 for the Rams. NGU turned 16-offensive rebound into 18, second chance points.
The Rams cut the lead to 16-15 with 10:48 left in the first half. Daniel Burchette knocked down a jumper to extend the lead to three points, sparking a 16-2 run which earned the Crusaders a 32-17 advantage. The lead would remain a double-digit edge but the Rams chipped away and trailed by only nine at halftime.
The shooting for NGU would pickup in the second half as the Crusaders led by as many as 25-points. Seven different players scored for NGU in the second half including Cartagena and Crawford who both scored 10. North Greenville knocked down four of eight three pointers and 14 of 28 shots from the field as it distanced itself from the Rams en route to the non-conference victory.
The Crusaders improved to 6-7 on season and snapped a four game losing skid. NGU will be back in action on Saturday when it hosts King University at 4:30pm.