Trojans Edged By Barton As Comeback Bid Falls Short

Trojans Edged By Barton As Comeback Bid Falls Short

Wilson, N.C. – The University of Mount Olive men's basketball team saw its late run fall short in an 80-74 loss to Barton College in Conference Carolinas action on Wednesday night in Wilson, N.C.

Score: Barton 80, Mount Olive 74
Records: Barton (17-8, 12-5 CC), Mount Olive (7-18, 6-11 CC)
Location: Wilson Gymnasium, Wilson, N.C.

How It Happened


  • Mount Olive jumped out to a 13-8 lead with 14:37 left in the opening half on a 6-0 Trojan run capped off by back-to-back layups by freshman Cameron Robinson.
  • The Trojans' lead ballooned to eight at 20-12 on the heels of a pair of dunks and a made free throw by freshman Armond Griebe.
  • After UMO pushed its lead to its largest point at nine with 9:51 remaining in the period, Barton pushed back on a 19-9 run to tie the game at 39 heading into halftime.


  • The Bulldogs extended their run with an 8-0 spurt in the first 2:11 of the second half, taking a 47-39 lead.
  • With 11:28 remaining in the game, Barton's lead grew to its largest point at 11 at 58-47 on a tip-in by Miguel Brown off of a missed layup.
  • The Trojans battled back within two at 62-60 on a layup by freshman Tyler Thomas with 7:55 left on the clock.
  • Responding with a 10-2 run, Barton jumped back ahead by double digits at 72-62 with 4:22 left to play.
  • Once again, UMO had a run in it that chopped Barton's advantage to four on two occasions in the final 1:03 as a pair of free throws by sophomore Jamaal Matin trimmed the Trojans' deficit to 74-70 with 38 tick remaining on the clock.
  • A three by junior Tayon Gleaves pushed Mount Olive within one possession at 76-73 with 28 seconds left in the game, but the Bulldogs knocked down free throws down the stretch to secure the 80-74 win.


  • Matin led the Trojans with a career-high 23 points while adding six rebounds and three steals.
  • Also in double figures for UMO were Gleaves (17) and freshman Saiquan Jamison (10).
  • UMO was outshot by Barton, 53.6% to 46.8%, and was outrebounded by the Bulldogs, 37-23.
  • The Trojans took care of the ball in the contest, committing just nine turnovers on the night and forcing the Bulldogs into 17 giveaways.

Mount Olive returns to Kornegay Arena on Saturday night at 6 p.m. for a matchup with Erskine College on Free Will Baptist Church Night.