Mount Olive Men's Basketball Falls To Wingate 77-72

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)

WINGATE, N.C. - The University of Mount Olive men's basketball team fell to the Bulldogs of Wingate University 77-72 on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action in Wingate, N.C


Score: Wingate 77, Mount Olive 72
Records: Mount Olive (7-5, 3-0), Wingate (7-6)
Location: Wingate, N.C.

How It Happened


  • Mount Olive and Wingate battled closely in the opening half as the game remained a two-point advantage for either side during the first 13 minutes of play.
  • Cameron Robinson hit a jumper with 7:14 to start a small five-point run that lasted until the 3:47 mark as the Trojans led 31-27, following a Bulldog three-pointer.
  • UMO held on to the lead at the half 36-33 after Cameron Robinson made a layup with 53 seconds remaining in the half.


  • Wingate came out of the locker room with a hot hand as the Bulldogs opened the second half with an 8-0 run to push them in front 41-36.
  • Mount Olive saw the deficit hit double figures as WU lead 59-49 at the 10:26 mark.
  • The Trojans did not stand by for long as Tyler Thomas hit a jumper with 10:08 on the clock and began a 6-0 run to draw the Wingate lead back to single digits.
  • Thomas' layup tied the game at 61 with 7:09, following a defensive stop on Wingate's side of the court.
  • The Bulldogs took back the lead however after a three-pointer at the 4:43 mark.
  • UMO battled in the final minutes closing the gap to two points, but Wingate went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line to close out the game taking a 77-72 victory.



Mount Olive returns to action on Friday, January 5, as they return to Mount Olive for a Conference Carolinas showdown against King University. The Trojans and Tornado tip-off at 7:30 p.m.