Mount Olive Drops Semifinal Contest to Limestone 75-57

UMO Men's Baketball At Caonference Carolinas Tournament
UMO Men's Baketball At Caonference Carolinas Tournament

In his final collegiate game, Dory Hines tallied 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists, but top-seeded University of Mount Olive was unable to withstand a second-half outburst from fourth-seeded Limestone College and the Trojans fell to the Saints 75-57 in the semifinal round of the 2014 Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Tournament Powered By OrthoCarolina Wednesday at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord, N.C. Hines, the Trojans' all-time career assists leader, finished his career with 615 assists.

The Trojans jumped out to an early seven point lead as Kendall Hargrove completed the three-point play to put Mount Olive up 9-2 with 16:44 to go in the first half.

Limestone then went on a 9-4 as the game was tied at 16 with 9:49 remaining. Dory Hines broke the tie with a jumper at 9:42 however the lead did not last as the Saints went on a 7-0 run that lasted just over five minutes and Limestone led 25-18.

Back-to-back made free throws by Hargrove started what ended up being the rally that ran to the half as the Trojans scored 10 straight points to take the lead just before time expired. With :37 on the clock Hines' jumper completed the comeback at the half and Mount Olive led 28-27

In the second half Limestone controlled it from the start they took over the lead with Asaad Woods' jumper to open the half. Mount Olive never saw the lead in the second half as the Saints lead grew to as large as 19 and never fell below two.

Hines was the team leader with eighteen points and finished one rebound shy of a double-double. Hargrove had twelve points. Dominique Reed finished out the Trojan players in double figures.

Shaq Dance finished with the team high 19 points. PJ Foster and Josh Odom followed him with 18.

Head Coach Joey Higginbotham summed up the season by saying: "I do not think I have ever been more proud of a group that I have coached. We have had a lot more talented groups come through Mount Olive that have not won a regular season championship. The toughest part about today is not that we lost and the season is over, but it is that we cannot go out tomorrow and practice because this was really a fun group to coach".