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.
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.