Tigerville, S.C. –North Greenville dropped a conference game to Erskine College on Friday night, falling to the Fleet 66-57.
Daniel Burchette and Miguel Cartagena carried the load for NGU as the team’s only double-digit scorers. Burchette finished with 17-points on seven of 14 shooting while Cartagena tacked on with 16-points and was three of eight from three point range.
Neither team shot particularly well during Friday night’s game as NGU shot 36.2 percent while the Fleet finished the game shooting 39.3 percent. Erskine finished with 11 made three pointers though, as North Greenville knocked down just three triples. The Fleet also turned 19-turnovers into 19-points.
The Crusaders trailed late in the second half, but closed in on a nine-point Flying Fleet lead as Jai Jenks knocked down a short jumper to pull NGU to within six of the Flying Fleet (47-41). Erskine answered NGU’s threat with a quick run that extended the lead to 13-points with a 9-2 burst.
The lead would balloon to 16-points with 6:03 left in the game, but North Greenville continued to hang around The Crusaders scored seven in a row including a three-pointer from Matt Moore and four more points from Burchette made the score 62-53 with 4:21 left. The Fleet lead would eventually dwindle down to just eight points with 1:20 left but NGU would miss its final four shot attempts as the Flying Fleet escaped Tigerville with the win.
The Crusaders fell to 6-13 overall after the loss while dropping to 1-11 in Conference Carolinas play. NGU will host Emmanuel College tomorrow evening with a tipoff scheduled for 7:30pm.