MISENHEIMER, N.C. – North Greenville would connect on 14 three-point shots shooting 40% from behind the arc grabbing a 77-70 victory over host Pfeiffer University in Conference Carolinas men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon. The win advances the Crusaders to 6-6 overall, 3-5 in league play while the Falcons drop to 3-12, 1-7.
Tied at 47-47 with 11:08 to play in the second half, each team would start bombing threes from long range to set the tone over the back half of the period. Chris Dean (Greer, SC) started things for NGU while Josh Humphrey (Matthews, NC) followed suit for the Falcons. Jimmy Ellis (Aiken, SC) and AJ Clark (Burlington, NC) would each trade triples before Ellis and Matt Ellwood (Lees Summit, MO) did the same for a 56-56 contest at the 8:39 mark of the second.
After a couple of minutes went by with each team scoring two, a three-ball from Tyshawn Patterson (Orlando, FL) started to deliver the final blow for North Greenville as Ellis followed with two more triples with Dean also mixing one in during a three-minute span. North Greenville would hit on seven-straight three-pointers during a seven-minute stretch late in the second half. Pfeiffer would get the lead down to four, 74-70, after a free throw with 56 seconds left from Jerod Wallace (Charlotte, NC) until Dean added the game’s final three points for the final seven-point margin.
Patterson would lead all scorers on Saturday registering 24 while Dean followed with 18. Clark tallied a career-high 19 in the loss for Pfeiffer while Wallace and Humphrey each followed with 15 and 12.
Next up for Pfeiffer will be a trip to Barton facing the 19th-ranked Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. Monday night. Live stats and video will be available through http://www.gofalconsports.com.