Belmont, N.C. – NGU’s chances to make the post season took another hit on Saturday after an 82-75 loss to Belmont Abbey College.
The Crusaders fell to 8-17 overall and 3-15 in league play. Daniel Burchette led the Crusaders with 18-points on 6 of 17 shooting. Burchette knocked down three, three pointers in the loss. Miguel Cartagena finished the night with 17-points while Troy Blyden had 13 and Roderick Howell added 10.
The Crusaders led briefly during the game when a Cartegna free throw made the score 37-33 with 1:07 left in the first half. It was the biggest lead of the game for NGU. Belmont Abbey took over early in the second half. The league’s other Crusaders led by as many as 10-points in the period, a lead that came with 8:06 left to play.
North Greenville fought back to within five of BAC, but the Crusaders marched down on the ensuing offensive possession and knocked down a three to make the advantage eight points. NGU inched closer several more times in the second period but were unable to string together defensive stops and offensive production. The Crusaders shot just 34.6-percent during the game, as Belmont Abbey earned the win over NGU in the first of two meetings between the teams.
NGU will be back in action on Monday afternoon when the team takes on Columbia International University. The Crusaders and Rams will play at 2pm at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.