Greenwood, S.C.— Tyler Powers put in a career high 23 points, and three other players scored in double figures for the Crusaders, but it was not enough as the Lander Bearcats picked up a 77-73 win in North Greenville’s firs game of the 2013-2014 season.
Powers knocked down 7 of 11 from three, and was 4 of 5 in the opening 20 minutes of play, as the Crusaders stormed out to a 28-14 lead with 8:34 left in the first half. The Crusaders fought back from an early 6-2 deficit, using an 18-4 run to grab the mid half advantage. NGU would score just eight more points in the half, as Lander crept back in the game to cut North Greenville’s lead to just 36-33 at intermission.
Though close, the Crusaders would hold onto the lead for much of the second half, but a scrappy Bearcat bunch would eventually gain a six point advantage with 2:33 left in the game. Tyler Powers would pull NGU back to within three on the ensuing possession for the Crusaders, and Krisceda Cotton would pull North Greenville to within one with a pair of free throws, but the Bearcats would answer with a 3-0 run to close game, taking advantage of two NGU fouls to take four point decision.
Cotton, who saw her first action in a year after returning from injury ended the game with 11 points and seven rebounds. Alisha Hope and Timisty Nelson also scored 11 for North Greenville, who fell to 0-1 on the very young season. The Crusaders were solid all game from the field, finishing with a stellar 50% from the field, but struggled with ball security turning it over 24 times, leading to 25 Lander points. NGU edged the Bearcats in rebounding grabbing 40 to the Bearcats 37 while LU took advantage of 17 second chance points.
The Crusaders 2013-2014 season is officially underway. NGU will have one more road game on November 16th at Vorhees College before opening the home portion of the schedule on November 20th against Conference Carolinas opponent Belmont Abbey College. Tipoff for NGU and Vorhees is set for 2pm.