Record-Tying Night Lifts Trojans Past Lees-McRae 100-90
John Wieland tied a school record with nine 3-pointers, while Dory Hines matched his own school record with 16 assists as University of Mount Olive held on for a 100-90 victory over Lees-McRae in Conference Carolinas men's basketball Wednesday at Kornegay Arena. Dontrell Brite added 23 points, including the first 10 points of the game to put the Trojans ahead to stay.
Wieland and Hines notched their record-tying marks on the same play. Hines, who set the Trojan career assists mark earlier this season, now has 571 career assists.
Mount Olive (10-7 overall, 4-3 Conference Carolinas) used a pair of field goals and a pair of three-pointers by Brite in the first two minutes of the contest to stake the Trojans to a 10-0 lead. The Trojans built the advantage to 37-21 midway through the first half as Wieland hit each of his first four three-point attempts after coming off the bench. Josh Hicks' three-pointer with 51 seconds left in the half gave Mount Olive its biggest lead of the game at 57-39. Lees-McRae (6-11, 1-6) cut into the margin as Mike Chambers' three-pointer with three seconds left pulled the Bobcats within 57-44 at the break.
The margin stayed in double figures until Darius Smith's layup with 14:17 left in the contest pulled Lees-McRae within 65-56. The Bobcats pulled within seven before Jordan McCain's three-point play with 13:25 remaining gave the Trojans a 70-60 advantage.
Wieland hit four 3-pointers in a span of four minutes and Mount Olive extended its lead to 88-71 with 5:35 remaining. Wieland finished 9-for-12 from three-point range, including 5-for-5 in the second half.
Mount Olive had chances to extend its lead further, but the Trojans were unable to capitalize on free throw opportunities. Darius Smith's steal and layup capped a run of six unanswered points for Lees-McRae and a dunk by Jacquise Moore with 1:22 left to play pulled the Bobcats within 93-86. But that was as close as Lees-McRae would get as Mount Olive connected on 6-of-8 free throws in the final 25 seconds to seal the win. The Trojans were 6-for-24 from the line prior to the final half-minute. Hicks' two free throws with five seconds left put Mount Olive at the century mark.
Wieland tied the Trojan three-point mark with 3:09 remaining on Hines' record-tying assist. Wieland shares the school three-point record with Elton Coffield (March 3, 2006, vs. Pfeiffer) and Tony Warlick (November 23, 2001, vs. Bluefield State). Hines previously set the assists record February 19, 2011, also against Lees-McRae.
Hines also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and scored seven points to come within three points of his first collegiate triple-double. Dominique Reed added 10 and four blocked shots. Brite was 10-for-13 from the field as the Trojans notched season-highs of 62.3 percent from the field (38-for-61) and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc (12-for-24).
Smith led all scorers with 28 points for Lees-McRae, while Chambers added 21 points. Moore finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, and Raul Tutto scored 12 points.
Wednesday's contest was part of "Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneaker" as coaching staffs from both teams wore sneakers to promote the importance of exercise and fitness in the fight against cancer.
Mount Olive is idle until next Wednesday when the Trojans travel up I-795 to take on arch-rival Barton in a Conference Carolinas match-up. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.