Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tigerville, S.C.—Alisha Hope pocked 24 points, and the Crusaders cashed in on 26 Falcon turnovers, helping the Crusaders to a 74-59 win over Pfeiffer University, Wednesday night in North Carolina.

Hope also gathered 10 rebounds to go along with her 24 points, accounting for the games only double-double. Taylor Vinson, Krisceda Cotton, and Timisty Nelson also registered double-digit performances with 13, 11, and 10 points, respectively. The win over Pfeiffer was NGU’s first Conference Carolinas win of the season and second win over Pfeiffer since joining the conference two seasons ago.

The Crusaders fell behind early in the first period, as the Falcons took a six point lead with 14 minutes left before intermission. Pfeiffer would hang onto the advantage until the 9:53 mark, at which point NGU would even the tally at 14. The Crusaders would then embark on a 29-10 run in the final eight minutes to carry a sizable 19 point lead in the locker room. North Greenville would enjoy a 43-24 advantage, the biggest lead for the Crusaders in their previous five league games.

North Greenville would hold serve for the remainder of the game, and lead by as many as 22 points, but the Falcons would make one final push before the end of regulation. A 12-2 run from Pfeiffer would cut NGU’s lead to just ten points with 2:27 left in the game. The Pfeiffer comeback attempt would run out of steam however, and the Crusaders would secure the win scoring five unanswered baskets in the final two minutes of play, improving NGU to 5-9 overall on the season, and a 1-5 mark in Conference Carolinas play.

The win over Pfeiffer moved the Crusaders into a tie for 8th place, while also putting them in contention for a Conference Carolinas playoff spot.  North Greenville will continue its North Carolina tour on November 18th, at Lees-McRae College. The Crusaders and Bobcats are scheduled for a 2pm tip, in Banner Elk, North Carolina.