Mount Olive, N.C. - North Greenville shot just 28.6 percent from the field on Friday night in a 72-58 loss to Mount Olive.
The Crusaders were led by Cameron Carter's 14-points. Divonnie Powell was NGU's only other double-figure scorer with 10. The Crusaders cashed in on 22 Mount Olive turnovers, turning them into 15-points but were doubled-up in the paint as the Trojans scored 28-points compared to just 14 for NGU.
Mount Olive (10-8 overall, 8-4 Conference Carolinas) led by eight at the half and extended its lead to 43-30 with 6:59 left in the third quarter after back-to-back jumpers by Simmons. After North Greenville pulled within seven, Arieal Johnson's 14-foot jumper gave the Trojans a 52-43 lead with 1:13 remaining in the third quarter. Mount Olive would go scoreless for nearly four minutes, allowing North Greenville to pull within one possession.
North Greenville scored the final five points of the third quarter and Erika Cobb's three-pointer with 9:15 left to play drew the Crusaders within 52-51. Mount Olive failed to score on its next possession, allowing North Greenville a chance to take its first lead of the game. The Crusaders came up with offensive rebounds after three consecutive missed shots and stole the ball back after turning it over. North Greenville missed its fourth straight attempt and Tommarah Harris pulled down the rebound for Mount Olive.
North Greenville got as close as 61-56 with 2:22 remaining, but a Trojan three-point play triggered a game-ending 11-2 run to seal the win.
North Greenville is now 5-14 overall and 3-9 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders will wrap up a North Carolina road trip on Saturday evening with a 2pm tip against Barton College.