University of Mount Olive used a 28 point third quarter to take down Lees-McRae College 83-57 Tuesday night in Mount Olive, N.C. The third quarter total tied a program high for points scored in the third quarter.
Mount Olive (12-10 Overall, 10-6 Conference Carolinas) kicked off the second half on the right foot. Ni'Ya Styles' three-pointer gave the Trojans a 41-29 lead to start the third. The Trojans looked to put the game out of reach with just over six minutes remaining. Styles hit a jumper to start a 15-0 run the elapsed 4:16 and Mount Olive had a 62-35 lead.
Mount Olive did not allow the lead to fall below 26 for the remainder of the game.
The start of the game saw the Trojans take the lead after a layup by Falicity Havens. Mount Olive had the lead for the first half of the period until a three-pointer by Lees-McRae (7-16, 6-10) gave them the lead 9-8 with 5:30 left. The Trojans did fight back with a 7-0 run to end the the first to tie the game at 19.
The second quarter started off with another offensive outburst. Kiara Jones kicked off a run of ten unanswered points with a three point play and Mount Olive never looked back as a big second half was the story of the game.
Mount Olive returns to action Saturday when the Trojans will travel to Erskine for a Conference Carolinas matchup set for 2 p.m.