GREENSBORO, N.C. - Trevor Mayo's three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 1:13 left in Tuesday evening's contest broke a 60-60 tie, leading the host Quakers to victory over cross-town rival Greensboro College, 68-63, in the Quakers' opening regular-season contest.
A back-and-forth first half turned in Greensboro's favor near the middle of the period as the Pride produced a 10-0 run to grow their lead to 12 points. Greensboro produced their largest lead of the contest, 13 points, with 5:21 left in the half thanks to a seven-of-12 effort from beyond the arc. Guilford closed the first half on a 14-5 run to shrink Greensboro's lead to four entering the locker room. The Pride only made five field goals inside three-point range throughout the period as they relied on the three-point shot.
The Quakers erased the lead in the second half with 13:42 left as the remained close throughout most of the remainder of the half. The stretch included a stalemate that lasted 2:42 from the 6:08 mark to 3:26 left in the period where both defenses held the other side in check. The Pride's jump-shooting cooled off, only hitting one three-point basket the entire period while shooting 21.9 percent for the half with only seven field goals. The Quakers bounced back in the period to shoot 41.4 percent and hit three baskets from beyond the arc, including Mayo's three-pointer with 1:13 left. Jarrod Rogers' five free throws in the final minute held off Greensboro as they attempted to narrow the margin in the closing seconds.
Mayo led the Quakers in his first regular-season collegiate contest with 18 points on eight-of-13 shooting while pulling down six rebounds. Will Freeman was the remaining Quaker in double-figure scoring with 16 points on six-of-13 shooting. Zachary Houston led the charge on the glass with nine rebounds while Alston Thompson came off the bench to add seven points and six rebounds.
Greensboro's Donavan Griffith led all scorers with 20 points and amassed 15 rebounds to complete the double-double while adding five blocks. Simeon Howard also posted a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds.
Guilford out-rebounded the Pride, 46-42, as the Quakers overcame the Pride on the offensive glass, 17-11. The Quakers converted 13 second-chance points while the Pride produced eight points off the offensive glass.
The Quakers shot 36.8 percent from the field, boosted by their second-half shooting effort. Greensboro's second-half shooting shrunk their field goal percentage for the contest to 32.2. The Quakers shot three-of-14 from beyond the arc while Greensboro shot eight-of-26 from three-point range.
Guilford used the inside game at will on the Pride, holding a large 42-13 advantage in the paint and kept the Greensboro fast break in check, claiming the edge, 8-0.
The Quakers return to the court Friday, opening the Guilford College Invitational Friday with a 7 p.m. contest with St. Mary's College of Maryland inside Ragan-Brown Field House.