Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville put a scare into league leading Mount Olive on Monday night but came up just short in its bid for an upset as the Trojans escaped Tigerville with an 84-79 victory.
The Crusaders trailed by seven points with 1:26 left on the clock but put together a 7-0 run capped by a game tying three pointer by Cameron Carter to even the score at 79-79 with 40-seconds left in the game. Carter’s game tying shot was set up with a turnover forced by NGU’s defense following a layup from Divonnie Powell cut the UMO lead to three. Karen Donehew sparked the quick NGU burst with a two pointer that made the score 79-74 with 1:08 left in the game.
UMO would knock down a pair of free throws on the possession following Carter’s shot to regain a 2-point edge. The Crusaders would advance to the offensive end on the ensuing possession but a three pointer from Carter would draw rim as the Trojans grabbed the rebound forcing North Greenville to foul. Mount Olive would then knock down three more shots from the charity stripe to end NGU’s bid at an upset.
The Crusaders trailed by as many as 18-points during Monday's game but battled back to within seven points before the end of the opening period. The Trojans once again built a double-digit lead in the second half but North Greenville continued to chip away before the late game antics which evened the score.
The Trojans improved to 12-3 overall and 9-1 in league play while NGU felt o 4-9 overall and 1-7 in Conference Carolinas competition. Cameron Carter led the Crusaders with 25-points and was 2-3 from three point range. Divonnie Powell finished with 13-points while Karen Donehew had 12-points and 12-rebounds to record North Greenville’s only double double.
The Crusaders will travel to Misenheimer, North Carolina on January 18th to take on Pfeiffer University at 5:30pm.