12/14/07 — Streeter's late free throws lift Trojans to road win

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Streeter's late free throws lift Trojans to road win

By MOC Sports Information
Published in Sports on December 14, 2007 4:15 PM

MURFREESBORO -- Brandon Streeter drained a pair of tie-breaking free throws with four seconds remaining as No. 20-ranked Mount Olive College escaped Chowan University 79-77 on Thursday evening.

Streeter finished with 20 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the floor and seven rebounds in the Trojans' first road win of the season.

Kendrick Easley led four Trojans in double figures with 21 points and seven boards. Mike Holloman added 14 points and Justin Melton finished with 11 points. Holloman and Melton recorded four steals apiece.

Easley (5-for-5), Holloman (4-for-4) and Streeter accounted for all of Mount Olive's 19 free throw attempts.

Mount Olive (5-1 overall) opened the second half with a 14-4 run as Melton's three-pointer with 15:20 left to play gave the Trojans a 58-44 lead. Chowan pulled within 10, but Streeter scored eight points during a 10-0 run and Mount Olive took its biggest lead at 68-48 with 11:27 remaining.

A pair of 3-pointers by Kenon sparked a Chowan run as the Hawks cut the lead in half, while Mount Olive managed just seven points during a span of seven minutes. Easley's basket with 4:18 remaining extended the lead to 77-65, but that would be the Trojans' last field goal of the game.

Kenon hit two more 3-pointers 15 seconds apart and Chowan was within 77-71 with 3:46 left in the game. A field goal and a pair of free throws cut Mount Olive's lead to two and Kenon's steal set up Aaron Scott's jumper with 50 seconds left to cap a 12-0 run and tie the game 77-77.

Streeter kept the Trojans' ensuing possession alive with an offensive rebound off a blocked shot, then drew a foul to go to the line with four seconds left. Streeter, who was 4-for-8 from the line up to that point, hit both free throws to put Mount Olive back on top.

Chowan missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

The non-conference contest marked the debut of the Trojans' Aking Elting. His steal and Easley's layup put the Trojans on top 28-15 with 7:59 left in the first half. Chowan (4-4) cut the deficit down to single digits and Chris Kenon's layup with 2:34 remaining pulled the Hawks within 37-34.

A junior college transfer, Elting scored Mount Olive's next five points and Easley hit a pair of free throws with 1:18 left to extend the Trojans' lead to seven. But Montino Williams converted a three-point play with five seconds left to pull Chowan within 44-40 at halftime.

Mount Olive returns to action Dec. 28-29 in the two-day Lenoir-Rhyne College Classic. The Trojans face L-RC on Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. and play Catawba the following afternoon at 2 o'clock.