Men's Basketball Defeats Lees-McRae 91-85

Men's Basketball Defeats Lees-McRae 91-85

Banner Elk, North Carolina - The University of Mount Olive men's basketball team defeated Lees-McRae 91-85 in Conference Carolinas action Saturday night. UMO improves to 14-10 overall and 8-8 in the conference, while Mount Olive improves to 18-5, 12-3.

The contest was close at the start with the Trojans of Mount Olive got on the scoreboard first with two jump shots from Jonathan Mebane and Cameron Robinson with 17:42 remaining to take a 4-0 lead. A minute later, Lees-McRae got on the scoreboard with a free-throw shot still trailing 4-1. Both teams battled it out, but Lees-McRae found their rhythm and took a seven-point lead at the 12:44 mark with the score 20-13. The Trojans were not ready to back down and took a four-point lead 33-29 with 4:53 raming in the first half. Lees-McRae put some points on the board over the next four minutes but UMO responded to each Lee's-McRae basket not giving up the lead and ended the first half 45-41 advantage.

The second half the Trojans of Mount Olive kept things rolling as they returned to the court scoring six quick points to extend their lead 51-41 with 18:13 remaining. The Trojans never gave up the lead until Lee-McRae fought hard and battled their way back through to trail behind by one with the score 72-71 at the 6:28 mark. Alan Treakle made a three-point shot and Johnny Hughes III made a layup to take the five-point lead with 4:47 remaining in the game. Once again the Trojans did not surrender the lead and finished the game with the 91-85 victory.

The Trojans were led by Jhonny Hughes III with a season-high of  35 points and 9 rebounds. Jeremiah Phifer and Alan Treakle all had double-digit scoring performances with 15 and 10 points respectively.

Lees-McRae was led by Jerick Haynes with 22 points.

The key moment of the game came in the final six minutes when the Trojans went on a 10-5 run to stay in the lead and finish the game with the 91-85 win.


Mount Olive will continue on the road as they take on Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina February 19 at 7:30 P.M.