TIGERVILLE, S.C. — The University of Mount Olive men’s basketball team picked up its first win of the new year and broke its four-game losing streak Saturday with a 70-65 win over North Greenville University on the road in Tigerville, S.C., in Conference Carolinas men’s basketball action.

Cameron Robinson got UMO on the scoreboard first with a jumper 17 seconds into the game. NGU answered with an 8-0 run over four minutes that put it ahead, forcing UMO to call a timeout.

A jump shot by Jamaal Matin at the 10:08 mark capped a 10-7 UMO run that closed the Crusaders’ lead to three points, 15-12. From that point on the teams stayed fairly even with NGU getting out to as much as eight points, 26-18, at the 3:33 mark.

The teams closed out the opening half with an 8-5 rally led by the Trojans that put the score at 31-26 heading into halftime with NGU in the lead.

UMO came out of the half scoring eight points, 34-33, in the first two minutes to take the lead from NGU, for the first time since the opening basket.

A Matin jumper and a Robinson three-pointer gave UMO a six-point lead, 39-33, as the clock ticked down toward the 15-minute mark.

Back-to-back three-pointers, one by Robinson and Jonathan Mebane, put the Trojans up 10-points, 45-35, with 12:29 left in the game.

The Crusaders rallied to take a two-point lead, 49-47, following a 14-2 run that spanned three minutes.

Mount Olive tied the score at 49 all and then took a one-point lead following a trey by Matin that put the score at 52-51.

The Trojans held off the Crusaders and opened up a seven-point lead, 62-55, that was capped with a Robinson three at the 4:24 mark.

The final minutes of the game saw the Crusaders fouling to stop the clock and catch the Trojans, but the home team ran out of time as UMO won 70-65.

Cameron Robinson led the scoring category for the Trojans as he collected 16 points on the night.

Jamaal Matin added 14 while Jonathan Mebane tallied 11 to join in the double-digit scoring party.

Mount Olive is back in action on Thursday for a Conference Carolinas contest against the Bobcats of Lees-McRae College. The Trojans and Bobcats tip off around 7:30 p.m. following conclusion of the women’s game that starts at 5:30 p.m. in Banner Elk.