Mount Olive, N.C. – The University of Mount Olive men's basketball team slipped past Erskine College, 68-58, on Free Will Baptist Church Night in Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C.
Score: Mount Olive 68, Erskine 58
Records: Mount Olive (8-18, 7-11 CC), Erskine (9-17, 5-13 CC)
Location: Kornegay Arena, Mount Olive, N.C.
How It Happened
- After the Trojans and Flying Fleet traded leads through the first nine points, UMO grabbed a 10-5 lead on three-pointers by sophomore Jamaal Matin and freshman Tyler Thomas with 15:14 left to play in the opening half.
- Erskine moved back within a pair at 14-12 on a dunk by Justin Shelton with 8:12 remaining in the half.
- Mount Olive responded with a 9-0 run, capped off by a layup by freshman Saiquan Jamison, that gave the Trojans a 23-12 lead with 5:43 left on the clock in the first period.
- The Trojans' lead reached its largest point of the half at 31-16 on a three by Matin with 1:57 left in the first half before a layup by Erskine cut Mount Olive's lead to 31-18 at the halftime break.
- UMO looked to have taken control of the contest as a layup by freshman Armond Griebe provided the Trojans with a 43-24 lead with 14:50 remaining in the second half.
- With 7:56 left to play, a pair of free throws by Griebe gave Mount Olive a 58-41 advantage.
- A 9-1 run by the Flying Fleet pushed Erskine back within single digits at 59-50 with 3:53 left on the clock.
- The Trojans' lead dwindled all the way to six after Erskine's Zezmon Steeple made a layup to trim UMO's lead to 64-58 with 1:24 remaining to play.
- In the final minute, a dunk by Jamison and a pair of free throws by Matin secured the 68-58 victory for Mount Olive.
- Jamison led the way for Mount Olive with 16 points and 13 boards in the victory.
- Also in double figures for UMO were junior Tayon Gleaves (13), freshman Tyler Thomas (11), Matin (11), and Griebe (10).
- The Flying Fleet outshot the Trojans, 50% to 44.6%, and outrebounded UMO, 31 to 29.
- Tying a season-low, Mount Olive committed just four turnovers in the win.
Mount Olive returns to action in Kornegay Arena on Tuesday evening as the Trojans take on King University at 7:30 p.m. in Mount Olive, N.C.