MOUNT OLIVE — Mount Olive defeated the Big Blues of Bluefield State College in a midweek non-conference men’s basketball contest at Kornegay Arena on the Piggly Wiggly sponsored “Blackout Night” in Mount Olive, N.C.

FIRST HALF

Cameron Robinson got things started with a three-pointer nearly a minute into the game before the Big Blues went on a 7-2 run to take a 7-5 lead.

A Michael Brown jumper tied the score at seven all but BSC scored three points to go up 10-7, the Big Blues last lead of the game, with 13:43 to go in the opening half.

Jamaal Matin converted on an and-one opportunity that knotted the score at 10 all and began a 17-0 run by the Trojans that put the home team ahead 24-10 at the 10:30 mark.

Bluefield State reduced the Mount Olive lead to single digits, 30-21 with 5:40 to play before UMO went on a 14-6 run that closed the first half with the Trojans leading 44-27 at the horn.

SECOND HALF

A Darius Spragley three-pointer four minutes into the second half gave UMO an 18-point lead, 53-35.

The Big Blues closed the gap to ten points a few times before the Trojans went on an 8-2 run to open up a 16-point lead, 65-49, with 9:30 to play.

UMO maintained their double-digit lead through-out the remainder of the half as the Trojans cruised to a 75-62 victory over a scrappy Bluefield State team.

KEY STATS

Jamaal Matin led the team with 21 points followed by Jonathan Mebane with 16 and Cameron Robinsonwith 14.

Tanner Poole brought down seven rebounds with Don Pigford on his heels with six.

UP NEXT

Mount Olive hits the road this weekend for a single Conference game at Emmanuel College on Franklin Springs, Ga. The Trojans and Lions will face off around 4 p.m. on Satur-day, Feb. 9, following the women’s game at 2 p.m.