Trojans Sneak Past Crusaders In Close Victory At North Greenville

Trojans Sneak Past Crusaders In Close Victory At North Greenville

TIGERVILLE, S.C. - The University of Mount Olive men's basketball team defeated the Crusaders of North Greenville University 61-54 on Monday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action at Hayes Gymnasium in Tigerville, S.C.

Score: Mount Olive 61, North Greenville 54
Records: Mount Olive (12-5, 8-0), North Greenville (6-10, 2-7)
Location: Tigerville, S.C.

How It Happened


  • The game opened up with the home Crusaders going on an 11-0 run through the opening three and a half minutes.
  • UMO got on the board after five minutes of action on a three-pointer drained by Cameron Robinson at the 15:17 mark.
  • NGU grew their lead back to 12 points, 17-5, before the Trojans went on a 13-2 run to pull within a point, 19-18, with just under seven minutes to play.
  • The Trojans tied the game up at 21 all two minutes later and took their first lead of the game on a layup by Tyler Thomas at 4:27.
  • A scrum for control of the scoreboard ensued as the score tied four more times before the half with the Crusaders holding the 30-29 lead over UMO.


  • UMO scored five points in the opening three minutes to hold the 34-33 lead but NGU countered with an 8-0 run to reclaim the lead and go up by seven, 41-34.
  • Senior Tayon Gleaves hit a jump shot at 13-minute mark to end the Trojan scoreless drought and spur a Mount Olive 10-3 run to tie the game at 44 all with 9:36 remaining on a three-pointer by Cameron Robinson.
  • Another three by Robinson put UMO up by one, 47-46, and started a seven-point run by the Trojans to give them a 52-46 lead with 5:44 to play.
  • NGU came back to tie the game once more at 52 all with 4:45 on the clock, but Mount Olive closed out the remaining minutes on a 9-2 run to win 61-54 and remain undefeated in Conference Carolinas action.


  • Cameron Robinson, Jamaal Matin and Dominique Tham all scored in double digits with 19, 13 and 10 respectively.
  • Tham led all rebounders with 11 for his fifth double-double of the season.
  • The Trojans had eight fewer turnovers, 8-16, which contributed to the 21-9 points off of turnovers difference against NGU.
  • Mount Olive's bench pulled through again scoring a respectable 36 points compared to North Greenville's 13.

UMO men's basketball returns to Mount Olive for the first time since January 6, to host the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey College in Conference Carolinas action on Thursday, January 18. The Trojans and Crusaders tip-off at 7 p.m. in the home of the Trojans, Kornegay Arena.