Charlotte, N.C. – Jai Jenks scored 15-points off the bench for the Crusaders while Troy Blyden scored 13-points to lead NGU to a 30-point, 91-61 win over Columbia International University.
The Crusaders got a taste of the NBA on Monday, playing the Rams at the Spectrum Arena, the home of the Charlotte Hornets. Monday’s win over CIU snapped a four game losing skid for the Crusaders with two games remaining in the 2017 season.
The opening minutes of the non-conference game had the makings of a possible overtime contest with six lead changes and three ties in the opening five minutes. North Greenville finally gained the upper hand with 14:16 left in the half as a jumper from Daniel Burchette sparked an 11-0 run that gave the Crusaders a 21-10 lead. The Rams scratched their way back into the game though, cutting the deficit to seven before halftime.
NGU wasted little time building on that seven-point lead as the second half tipped off. The Crusaders scored 13, unanswered points in the opening minutes of the period to extend the cushion to 20-points as a three pointer from Bryce Allen made the score 52-32.
The Rams answered with six in a row, but it didn’t take long for North Greenville to add to its now 14-point lead. The Rams ran into a NGU team that had one of its best offensive performances of the season, knocking down 58.7-percent of its shots, hitting 37 of its 63-shots on the day. CIU had a little more trouble adjusting to the big arena, hitting 43.8-percent of its shots.
The Crusaders will have a few days off before returning to the court this weekend to take on Lees-McRae. NGU will tipoff at 4pm against the Bobcats. Saturday will also be senior day.