Franklin Springs, GA—North Greenville shot just 21.9 percent from the field, and 52 percent from the free throw line Thursday night, en route to a 66-42 loss to Emmanuel College in Conference Carolinas road action.
The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead off the tip, but fell behind early, as the Lions went on an 8-0 run to take the advantage on their home floor. Alisha Hope and Paulette Addison would hit back to back layups in NGU's next two possessions to cut the score to 8-6 in favor of Emmanuel College.
Emmanuel would hold a slight advantage until late in the half. The Lions would score just two points in the final 7:32 of the half, allowing the Crusaders to work their way back into the lead. NGU would outscore the lions 14-2, including five points from Timisty Nelson to take a 24-19 lead into intermission.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, with the slight advantage going to NGU, which shot 31 percent. The Lions were just over 26 percent from the field and shot just one free throw in the opening 20 minutes. The Crusaders were 6-12 from the charity stripe.
The North Greenville lead would be short lived, as the Lions regained the edge. This time, it would NGU which would suffer a significant drought from the floor, scoring four points points in the opening nine minutes of play. Emmanuel took advantage of NGU's cold shooting, scoring 21 points in the same span of time to take the lead 40-28.
The cold shooting for North Greenville extended beyond the field, as the Crusaders also struggled from the free throw line. A 7-13 performance in the second half, aiding to the NGU offensive woes, as Emmanuel regrouped during halftime, and improved its shooting to 50 percent in the second half, including a 19-25 performance from the free throw line.
Thursday's loss drops NGU to 7-13 overall on the season, and a 6-8 mark in league play. North Greenville will return on home for the first time in three games Saturday, to host Pfeiffer at 2pm in Hayes Gymnasium.