Goldsboro graduate leads Mount Olive College to big win over Pfeiffer
Published in Sports on February 21, 2006 2:17 PM
MOUNT OLIVE -- Victor Young scored a career-high 38 points to lead regionally seventh-ranked Mount Olive to a 105-89 victory over Pfeiffer in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference men's basketball Monday at Kornegay Arena.
Elton Coffield added 26 points and Melvin Creddle finished with 20 points for the Trojans.
Mount Olive (21-5 overall, 15-4 CVAC) jumped out to an early double-digit lead as Young scored the Trojans' first 10 points in the first 2:23 of the contest, opening the game with an alley-oop slam dunk from Chris Bartley and putting home a pair of three-pointers. Maurice Horton, who entered the game with 998 career points, scored on consecutive possessions to go over the 1,000-point mark and give the Trojans a 14-3 lead less than four minutes into the game.
Pfeiffer (16-10, 11-8) cut the lead to six after Ricky Buffaloe's three-pointer and pair of free throws by Matt Austin. Creddle then scored the next five points and the Trojans built the lead back to double digits as Coffield's layup with 12:29 left in the half extended Mount Olive's lead to 27-14.
Austin's three-point play with 7:47 remaining pulled Pfeiffer within 33-27, but the Falcons were held to only two more field goals the rest of the half.
Young's layup began a run of 10 unanswered points as the Trojans outscored Pfeiffer 16-4 and went into the locker room with a 49-31 halftime lead.
Young scored 10 points during the run, including a slam dunk putback off a missed shot.
Young finished with 22 points in the first half, equaling his single-game season high set in the Trojans previous game Saturday against Erskine.
Coffield's layup on Mount Olive's first possession extended Mount Olive's lead to 20, its biggest of the game. The Trojans still held a 17-point lead when the Falcons scored seven unanswered points as Jason Emerson's three-pointer and Dele Ojo's two free throws pulled Pfeiffer within 63-53 with 13:06 left in the game.
Young hit a three-pointer to end Pfeiffer's run and the lead never got below 12 the rest of the game. The Trojans matched their biggest lead at 105-85 with 1:13 remaining. Young, Coffield and Creddle combined for 47 of the Trojans 56 second-half points.
Mount Olive shot 62.9 percent (22-for-35) from the field in the second half.
Young, who along with Creddle, Horton and Chuckie Jefferson, was playing his final regular season home game, narrowly missed recording his first collegiate double-double, pulling down nine rebounds. He was 15-for-23 from the field, including 6-for-11 from three-point range.
The Trojans played without Elijah Rouse, who suffered a cut prior to the game. His status is day-to-day.
Tavares Cooper led Pfeiffer with 21 points, while DeMario Grier added 18 points and Ojo finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Mount Olive is off until Saturday when the Trojans travel to Banner Elk to take on Lees-McRae in a CVAC matchup. Tipoff is 4 p.m. Pfeiffer plays host to Anderson on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday marks the final day of the regular season.
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