MOUNT OLIVE — The University of Mount Olive men’s basketball team picked up their second Conference Carolinas victory after dominating the Saints of Limestone College 84-60 on Wednesday evening at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C. Jonathan Mebane led all Trojans with 19 points en route to the Trojans 24-point win.
Senior Jamaal Matin got things started off quickly after Don Pigford won the jump ball by scoring a layup basket seven seconds into play.
Limestone responded by going on a 9-4 run over the next four minutes to lead 9-6 at the 16:05 mark in the opening half.
A Matin three-point jumper knotted the score at nine-all (15:05) and a Michael Brown layup (14:08) following the Limestone timeout gave the Trojans the lead, which they never relinquished.
The score tied up three times over the next two and half minutes, last at 16 all, before Mount Olive took a three-point lead, 19-16, following a three-point conversion on a Brown layup and free throw combination.
The Saints closed the point gap to one, 19-18, at 10:49 on a layup but the Trojans went on a six-point run over a two-minute span to lead 25-18 at the 8:58 mark.
Limestone scored off of a Mount Olive turnover at 8:36 but UMO lit a fire as they went on a 14-0 run over four and a half minutes to take a 39-20 lead with 4:04 to play in the half.
Mount Olive maintained a comfortable 16-point cushion heading into halftime despite Limestone’s 10-7 run to close out the final minutes as the score sat 46-30 at the halftime buzzer.
UMO came out of halftime continuing to bring the heat as they took a 20-point lead, 51-31, following a Don Pigford layup and a Cameron Robinson three-pointer in the opening 90 seconds.
The Trojans led grew to 23 points following a Matin jumper, a Tanner Poole layup and an Alan Treakle three-pointer that put the score at 58-35.
Four Jonathan Mebane free throws and a Darius Spragley jump shot put the UMO back up to 24 points, 64-40, at the 12:35 mark.
Mount Olive’s lead grew to as many as 27 points following a Mebane jump shot at 7:38 on the clock as the score grew to 70-43.
A late pair of free throws by Treakle gave Mount Olive a 30-point lead, 80-50, with 2:35 remaining in regulation.
The Saints rallied to score 10 points in the final minutes of the game but the Trojans were the stronger team as they went on to win 84-60.
Jonathan Mebane (19) and Darius Spragley (16) both scored more points than the leading scorer for the Saints who had 13 points.
Michael Brown (12) and Jamaal Matin (11) both joined in the double-digit points club.
Don Pigford had a good rebounding night as he collected 12 rebounds including nine on the defensive end.
UMO held the Saints highest scorer to just six points in the contest when he averaged 17.5 heading into tonight’s game.
The Trojans nearly doubled the Saints in the rebound category as UMO brought down 41 boards while Limestone only grabbed 24.
Mount Olive shot 88.2% from the charity stripe connecting on 15-of-17 free throw attempts.
The Trojans are back in action this weekend as they hit the road for a Conference Carolinas contest against the Warriors in Central, S.C. Mount Olive will take on Southern Wesleyan on Saturday, December 15, at 4 p.m. at Tysinger Gymnasium.