Franklin Springs, GA—North Greenville erased an 11-point fourth quarter deficit as three players scored in double-figures, but the Emmanuel College Lions were able to escape a close call in overtime, taking a 74-70 win over the Crusaders.
Cameron Carter scored 14-points to lead NGU in scoring. Elizabeth Trentham added 12-points while Karen Donehew scored 11 to go along with a team high eight rebounds. The Crusaders shot 34.7-percent as a team, hitting 11 of 40 three-point attempts.
The Lions held a 52-41 lead heading into the fourth quarter but quickly lost control of the frame as NGU knocked down six of its 14 three point attempts and outscored Emmanuel 24-13. A Trentham jumper gained NGU the lead at 65-62 with 44-seconds left on the clock but the Lions high a late three-pointer to send the game into an extra period.
The scoring started quickly in the overtime period as Elizabeth Trentham knocked down another shot to give NGU the early 67-65 advantage. A set of free throws for the Lions earned them a 78-67 lead, an advantage which ballooned to six points as North Greenville came up empty on its next four possessions.
Karen Donehew cut the lead in half with a three-pointer as Emmanuel led 73-70 with 10-seconds left in the game. The Crusaders would do their best to even the score in the final seconds of the game but the Lions hit the back half of a pair of foul shots to secure the 74-70 win as a Cameron Carter three pointer at the buzzer came up short.
North Greenville falls to 3-9 overall and 0-5 in league play. The Crusaders will take on Erskine College on Saturday afternoon with weather permitting travel. Tip time between NGU and the Flying Fleet is scheduled for 2pm in Due West, South Carolina.