Dontrell Brite and Dominique Reed combined for 37 points to hold off a late minute rally as the University of Mount Olive holds off Erskine College to win 77-66 in Conference Carolinas men's basketball in Mount Olive, N.C.
The first half was a tight knit game between the Trojans (12-7 Overall, 6-3 Conference Carolinas) and the Flying Fleet (12-9, 6-6) as the game was tied five times in the opening half and Mount Olive pulled out an six point lead that shrunk to four at the break.
In the second half Mount Olive increased their halftime lead as Reed's jumper with 9:24 to go in the game helped put the Trojans on top by 11.
The Flying Fleet then made a 7-0 run on the Trojans when Chris Gore's tip-in off his own rebound sparked the run. A layup by Roderick Perkins and an uncontested long range three-pointer by Jake Haslam brought Erskine to within four 53-49 with 6:28.
Brite's layup with 4:03 put the Trojans back ahead by a slightly more comfortable margin of seven. However, it did not last as Mike Gabbard knocked down a three-pointer to bring the game back to a two possession game at 58-54.
Perkins hit a three-point basket with 2:09 remaining to bring the Trojan lead down to three. Brite responded as he launched up a three ball from the wing and Mount Olive went back to a six point lead 63-57.
As the game clock ticked under one minute the free throw line saw visits from both teams. Dory Hines' free throw extended the lead for Mount Olive as they got back to six. Gabbard hit two free ones to bring the game back to four and Brite responded again for the Trojans as hit his pair to get the lead back to six 66-60 with only :52 to play.
Haslam's three-pointer only seconds later brought the game back closer once more as the game went back to three. Gabbard's free throw with :33 gave the Flying Fleet a two point deficit .
Josh Hicks got a steal, was fouled, went to the charity strip for two free throws and he hit them both with :22 left to in the game. Brite added another free throw to give Mount Olive the 69-64 lead with only ten seconds in the game.
Maurice Daniels scored a fast-break point with four seconds as Erskine was again nipping at the Trojans heals. A quick foul put Hicks back on the line where he put the game out of reach for good with two seconds hitting a free throw and giving Mount Olive the 70-66 victory.
Brite finshed the night with 19 and Reed followed him as he went 6-for-6 from the field with 18 points and nine rebounds. John Wieland also had nine points.
For Erskine College both Perkins and Gabbard finished with 17 points.
The Trojans return to action Monday as they travel to Belmont, N.C., to take on Belmont Abbey in a Conference Carolinas match-up. The game was originally scheduled to have been played this past week, but was postponed twice due to snow. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.