Men's Basketball Loses Conference Opener At North Greenville, 77-58

Men's Basketball Loses Conference Opener At North Greenville, 77-58

North Greenville shot 52 percent from the field as four players reached double figures in a 78-57 victory over Belmont Abbey in the Conference Carolinas men's basketball opener for both teams. North Greenville improves to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey slips to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Belmont Abbey's only lead came at 5-4 on two Markel Pollard free throws 4:04 into the contest. North Greenville moved ahead 21-10 to take a lead it would never lose again. The Crusaders chopped the deficit down to as few as six in the first half on a three point play from Drexler Clark, making the score 25-19 with 2:38 to play, but North Greenville closed the half on a 9-4 jaunt to carry a 31-23 lead into the break.

North Greenville shot 59 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, while the Crusaders made just 8-29 from the floor, including 3-12 from three point range.

The hosts pulled away in the second half as North Greenville outscored Belmont Abbey 46-35 in the second half, shooting 48 percent. Belmont Abbey shot better in the second half, securing a 44 percent output (12-27), but the Crusaders could not get any closer than seven points as North Greenville won by 19 points.

Nick Hough led the Abbey with 14 points. Ray Chen added 13 points to go along with four assists and Clark finished with 10 points. Tyler Horn added eight points and eight rebounds.

Belmont Abbey shot 35 percent from the floor, including 7-19 from three point range and 11-16 from the free throw line.

The Crusaders are back in action Saturday at 4:00 when it welcomes Queens to the Wheeler Center.