Men's Basketball Falls 99-90 to King University

Men's Basketball Falls 99-90 to King University

MOUNT OLIVE, North Carolina - The University of Mount Olive men's basketball team fell to the Tornado of King University 99-90 in Conference Carolinas action Saturday night. UMO falls to 14-10 overall and 8-8 in conference, while King improves to 18-5, 12-3.

King University got on the scoreboard first with two points from James Brown. UMO did not find their first basket until the 18:36 mark, as a layup from Leland Richardson helped stop the bleeding. King continued to stay in the lead 12-8 at the 13:46 mark. UMO found their rhythm and pulled in front of the Tornado and continued to stay in the lead until the remainder of the first half leading 48-43.

The second half the Trojans kept things rolling as they returned to the court scoring six-points opening up an eight-point lead 51-43 at the 19:47 mark. The Trojans fought hard and battled their way through to keep the lead until King University climbed their way back to get ahead when their top scorer Jordan Floyd made a layup at the 4:41 mark putting King in the lead by a point 81-80. King found their hot hand and continued to pull ahead with an eight-point lead 90-80 at the 1:55 mark. King University never surrendered the lead after that moment and held onto win the game 99-90.

The Trojans were led by Darius Spragley with 20 points. Alan Treakle, Jonathan Mebane, and Matthias Caver all had double-digit scoring performances with 18, 17, and 10 points respectively.

The Tornado were led by Jordan Floyd with a team-high 43 points. 

The key moment of the game came in the final four minutes of the game when the Tornado connected on three straight buckets and one three-pointer to remain ahead of Trojans and win the game.


Mount Olive will hit the road as they take on Lees-McRae in Banner Elk, N.C. February 15 at 4 p.m.