In their second game in 24 hours, the North Greenville Crusaders shocked the Furman Paladins with a 78-74 victory in an official game for the Paladins but an exhibition for NGU in Greenville, SC. The Crusaders outscored the Paladins in the first and third quarters, and scored twenty points off turnovers. Karen Donehew led with 29 points while Ayano Shelton had a solid game as well with 22 points.
North Greenville started things off with an 8-2 run. FU would come back to claim the lead, but the Crusaders quickly responded with a 9-0 run to end the quarter with a 24-15 lead.
The two teams traded baskets throughout the first several minutes of the quarter. Furman would cut their deficit to four points several times, and would break through at the end of the half with a 6-0 run to tie the game at 40-40. North Greenville shot 45.7% from the field. Donehew led the Crusaders with 18 points.
Nearly three minutes would go by without a point by either team to begin the quarter. The Paladins ended the drought with a layup and a free throw to lead by three, but NGU responded once again with a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead. North Greenville would end the quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 55-47 lead as time expired.
NGU kept the momentum early on, leading by as much as twelve points. A 7-0 run by Furman cut the lead to five. The Crusaders were able to open the lead back up to nine points before a 7-1 run by Furman made the score 71-68 still in favor of North Greenville. FU cut their deficit to two points twice throughout the remainder of the quarter, but NGU was able to hang on for the victory.
Karen Donehew led North Greenville with 29 points. She also recorded 5 rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Ayano Shelton had a strong performance with 22 points, 6 rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Savannah Hughes posted 9 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.
NGU will return to Tigerville so face the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on Wednesday, January 9th.