Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville found its first Conference Carolinas win of the season on Friday in the form of an 84-77 decision over Barton College in Hayes Gymnasium.
The Crusaders turned in their best showing of the season, shooting 54-percen from the field while limiting Barton to 38-percent on the defensive end of the court. NGU also scored 22 points off of Barton Turnovers, while doubling-up the Barton Bench that scored just 15-points.
North Greenville fueled the winning cause with four players in double figures led by Cameron Carter who knocked down three, three pointers and scored 17-points. Erika Cobb had 14-points, a new season high for her, while Chantel Strahorn and Ty Broadwater each had 13-points. Emily Wampler also dished out a season high 7 assists.
The Crusaders trailed early in the first period but gained control of the game in the second after taking their first lead of the game as a jumper from Aliya Maloof gave NGU a 21-20 lead. Maloof's jumper sparked the NGU offense as the Crusaders jumped out to a 16-point advantage using a 23-9 run to steal momentum from the Bulldogs and earn a 44-28 lead. North Greenville would take a 47-31 advantage to the locker room.
NGU carried a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter before Barton began its comeback. The Bulldogs would cut the lead to 81-75 with 23-seconds remaining on the clock after outscoring the Crusaders 28-18 in the final quarter. The Crusaders would hold up their end of the bargain though as two free throws from Carter would seal the first league win of the season for North Greenville.
The Crusaders now sit at 3-8 on the season and 1-4 in conference play. The team will host the University of Mount Olive, tomorrow evening at 5:30.