Late Push Falls Short For Men's Basketball At Limestone

Late Push Falls Short For Men's Basketball At Limestone

Gaffney, S.C. – The University of Mount Olive men's basketball team fell to Limestone, 73-62, in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday night in Gaffney, S.C.
Score: Limestone 73, Mount Olive 62
Records: Limestone (18-3, 12-1 CC), Mount Olive (6-15, 5-8 CC)
Location: Timken Center, Gaffney, S.C.

How It Happened


  • Mount Olive found itself in an early 7-2 hole but rebounded to tie the game at 11 on a jumper by sophomore Jamaal Matin with 12:39 left in the first half.
  • Over the next two minutes, Limestone responded with a 9-0 run to grab a 20-11 advantage with just under 10 minutes to play.
  • The Trojans whittled the Saints' lead to three on three separate occasions in the final five minutes of the first half, but Limestone used a 7-2 run to close the period to give the Saints a 37-29 lead heading into the break.


  • The deficit for UMO immediately grew to 11 in the opening minute of the second half, but the persistent Trojans got back within six at 42-36 on a layup by freshman Armond Griebe with 17:01 remaining on the clock.
  • Limestone's lead bounced back-and-forth between six and ten points before the Saints began to pull away late in the half, taking a 66-53 lead with 3:37 left in the contest.
  • Despite trailing by double digits, Mount Olive continued to push late into the period as the Trojans got within eight at 70-62 on a three-pointer by junior Tayon Gleaves with 1:04 left to play.
  • The Trojans had a pair of chances to cut even further into Limestone's advantage, but UMO could not capitalize as the Saints walked away with the 73-62 win.


  • Gleaves led the Trojans as the lone player to finish in double figures with 25 points on 4-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
  • Matin just missed a double-double with nine points and seven boards.
  • Coming off the bench, Griebe tallied six points while collecting seven rebounds for UMO.
  • UMO was outshot by Limestone, 49% to 37.9%, and was outrebounded by the Saints, 43-27.
  • The Trojans took care of the ball in the contest, committing just four turnovers on the night.

Mount Olive returns to Kornegay Arena on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. matchup with Belmont Abbey.