CENTRAL, S.C. - The University of Mount Olive men's basketball team defeated the Warriors of Southern Wesleyan University 96-72 on Saturday evening in Conference Carolinas action at Historic Tysinger Gymnasium in Central, S.C.
Score: Mount Olive 96, Southern Wesleyan 72
Records: Mount Olive (11-5, 7-0), Southern Wesleyan (2-14, 1-6)
Location: Central, S.C.
How It Happened
- It took nearly two minutes of the game for the first basket to be scored by either team as the Warriors got on the board first.
- Following the first basket, the score tied three times, last at nine all (13:49), before the Trojans went on a 14-4 run to take a 10-point lead, 23-13, over Southern Wesleyan with 8:58 remaining in the half.
- Mount Olive continued to light up the scoreboard as they closed out the final nine minutes of the first half on a 25-16 run, going up by as many as 20 points, before heading into halftime with the 48-29 lead.
- UMO came out of halftime to extend their lead to 28 points over SWU as the score sat at 59-31 with 15:38 to play in regulation.
- SWU scored six unanswered points to cut the lead to 22 (59-37), before the Trojans pushed their lead up to nearly 30 points, leading the Warriors 68-39 with 12:27 to go.
- The Trojans held an average of 25 points through the remaining 12 minutes as they defeated the Warriors by 24 points, 96-72.
- Freshman Alan Treakle led the Trojans offense with 15 points while teammates Dominique Tham and Darius Spragley joined him in double-digits with 13 and 10 points respectively.
- Don Pigford, also a freshman, led the team with six rebounds while Spragley led in assists with five.
- The Trojans shot almost 53% from the field connecting on 36-of-68 attempts.
- UMO had eight fewer turnovers (12-20) and capitalized on their opportunities to score more points off turnovers (29-11).
- Mount Olive also had nine more second-chance points (24-15) even though they tallied fewer rebounds (35-41) and the players off the bench contributed 69 of the teams 96 points.
Mount Olive will return to action on January 15 as they travel to Tigerville, S.C. to face North Greenville University in Conference Carolinas action. The Trojans and Crusaders tip-off at 4 p.m. in the second game of the women's and men's doubleheader.