Crusaders shoot lights out on NBA stage

February 13, 20171st2ndFinal
Columbia International322961
North Greenville395291
Stats at a GlanceCIUNGU
FG Percentage.438 (21-48) .587 (37-63)
3P FG Percentage.450 (9-20) .167 (2-12)
FT Percentage.588 (10-17) .577 (15-26)
Offensive Rebounds312
Defensive Rebounds2026
Total Rebounds2338
Turnovers2114
Steals29
Bench Points1845
LeadersCIUNGU
PointsNayquan Wilson - 18
Jai Jencks - 15
ReboundsTEAM - 6
Justin Dotson - 7
AssistsJC Cavin - 2
Nayquan Wilson - 2
Miguel Cartagena - 5
StealsDamian Hurta - 1
Nayquan Wilson - 1
Miguel Cartagena - 3
BlocksJordan Dillingham - 1
Jai Jencks - 3
Crusaders shoot lights out on NBA stage
Monday, February 13, 2017
Crusaders shoot lights out on NBA stage

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.