Mike Moore's three-pointer with 21 seconds left broke a 69-69 tie as University of Mount Olive rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit for a 72-69 victory over Emmanuel College in Conference Carolinas men's basketball Saturday at Franklin Springs, Ga. The win extended the Trojans' winning streak to six, including five in a row on the road. The win also marked the second game in a row in which Mount Olive came back from at least 15 points down. The Trojans also snapped Emmanuel's eight-game winning streak.
Mount Olive (8-4 Overall, 3-1 Conference Carolinas) trailed by 17 at halftime and Emmanuel extended its lead to 42-23 in the opening minute of the second half. Dontrell Brite ignited a 17-2 run with a three-pointer with 10:41 remaining and added another three-pointer three minutes later to tie the game. After Dominique Reed blocked an Emmanuel shot attempt, Jacque Brown's basket with exactly seven minutes left put Mount Olive on top 60-58, the Trojans' first lead since going up 6-5 less than four minutes into the game.
Emmanuel's (8-3, 3-2) Zach Vess stopped the run and tied the game up with a layup with 5:19 left. The two squads continued to fight it out as Mount Olive held on to the lead for the next 4:16. The Lions were able to tie the game up at 69 with just over a minute to play. Mount Olive then called a timeout with 52 seconds left in regulation. After a missed three-pointer, the Trojans crashed the offensive board and Jamaal Matin came down with the rebound. Brown found Moore for what proved to be the game-winning three-pointer.
The Lions were fouled twice in the final seconds of the game, but were unable to convert on their free throw attempts and Mount Olive moved their win streak to six.