Trojans Edge Past The Panthers 64-58 On Homecoming Night

Tyler Thomas versus Virginia Union at the 52nd Annual Pickle Classic. (Photo by Bobby Williams)
Tyler Thomas versus Virginia Union at the 52nd Annual Pickle Classic. (Photo by Bobby Williams)

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The University of Mount Olive defeated Virginia Union University 64-58 in non-conference men's basketball action on Homecoming night. The Trojans played an exciting game in front of a packed house on the second day of the 52nd Annual Mount Olive Pickle Classic Saturday evening at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C.

Score: Mount Olive 64, Virginia Union 58
Records: Mount Olive (3-1), Virginia Union (1-4)
Location: Kornegay Arena | Mount Olive, N.C.

How It Happened


  • The game opened with back to back blocks by the Trojans as the Panthers were rejected on two layups in the opening seconds.
  • VUU countered with six points before UMO got on the board at 17:45 courtesy of a made three-pointer by Jamaal Matin.
  • Virginia Union opened up a five-point lead, 8-3, following a minute and a half period of neither team scoring.
  • The momentum of the game swung in the favor of the Trojans who went on a 10-point run to take over the lead 13-8 with 12:05 to play in the first.
  • A VUU Panther pulled the score within two, 13-11, scoring three points the hard way on a layup and free throw.
  • UMO put four-points between them and VUU as Cameron Robinson connected on the jump shot with 11:31 to go.
  • Over the next two minutes, the Panthers scored five points to retake the lead 16-15 on three free throws and a layup.
  • Mount Olive went on a 6-2 run off two threes by Matin and Cameron Robinson to go up 21-18 at the 8:25 mark.
  • Virginia Union went on a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to take the 27-21 lead.
  • UMO scored back-to-back threes from Tayon Gleaves to tie the game at 27 with 3:21 on the clock.
  • The Panthers went up by two with a minute and a half but the Trojans tied it ten seconds later at 29 all as the teams entered halftime knotted up.


  • Virginia Union opened the second half on a 9-2 run taking the six-point lead 38-32 with 15:50 remaining.
  • Cameron Robinson broke up the Panther run with a jump shot that started a 9-2 run in the Trojans favor as they took the slim 41-40 lead at 11:58.
  • VUU tied the game up a minute later but UMO countered with a 12-2 run including a pair of threes from Darius Spragley and Cameron Robinson.
  • The Panthers went on a 7-0 rally to pull within four points of the Trojans 53-49 with five minutes to play.
  • Tyler Thomas increased the Trojans lead to eight, 56-49, on a three-pointer near the four-minute mark.
  • A 9-5 run by VUU pulled them within three of UMO 61-58 with 40 seconds remaining.
  • The Trojans scored the final three points of the game on three free throws to win the game 64-58.



  • The Trojans scored 12 three-pointers during the game with Gleaves, Thomas and Cameron Robinson each connecting on three.
  • UMO shot 76.9% from the free throw line making 10-13 chances.
  • VUU out rebounded UMO 50-32 with two players recording 10 rebounds apiece.



UMO – #5 Tayon Gleaves
UMO – #12 Cameron Robinson
BC – #4 Michael Boykin
BC – #24 Bobby Stenborg
VUU – #4 James Page
VUU – #10 Kory Cooley
SAU – #4 Rashad George
SAU – #13/20 Tyre Gathwright


The win moves UMO to 3-1 on the season with a weeks rest for the Thanksgiving holiday. UMO returns to action when they travel to UNC Pembroke on Monday, Nov. 27, for a 7 p.m. showdown at Lumbee Bank Court in Pembroke, N.C.