DECATUR, Ill. -- The men's basketball team improved their early-season record with a 12 point, 110-98 win over Elmhurst on Friday.
The game featured 10 ties and 13 lead changes. The score was even at 93-93, but Greenville closed the final three minutes of the game with a 17-5 run to earn the 12-point victory.
The two squads traded buckets and leads for much of the first half before Greenville built a 33-31 lead with five minutes remaining. The Panthers used a 14-5 run over the next three minutes to open up an 11-point cushion following a three-pointer from DeAndre Brown.
Greenville held a 12 point advantage at the start of the second half, but the Bluejays pulled within one point and eventually took a lead.
Greenville pulled even at 73-73 with 11 minutes remaining. The Panthers followed with a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to build an 82-73 lead.
The Bluejays rallied back, tying the score 93-93, but Greenville used a 14-1 run to build a 107-94 lead with just 26 seconds remaining.
Elmhurst struggled with Greenville's full court pressure defense, committing 37 turnovers, resulting in 30 points for the Panthers.
Shane Smith paced Greenville in the win, finishing with 29 points and nine rebounds while shooting 11-of-18 from the floor. Elmo Smith added 19 points while Kenny Greene scored 17.
The Panthers (2-0) face Millikin on Saturday at 7 p.m.