MOUNT OLIVE — The Mount Olive Trojans defeated the Flying Fleet of Erskine College 80-66 on Tuesday evening in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive.
Erskine scored the first points of the game on a pair of free throws at the 18:55 mark to get the scoring going.
Less than 20 seconds later, Jamaal Matin responded with a three-point jumper that gave the Trojans 3-2 lead, however, the Flying Fleet hit a three of their own to take a 5-3 lead at the 18:17 mark.
UMO responded with a 6-0 run to take a 9-5 advantage following a Darius Spragley three as the clock ticked under 16 minutes to play.
Erskine went on a 12-2 rally over the next four minutes that put them up six points over the Trojans, 17-11, but a 10-2 run by Mount Olive gave the Green and White a 21-19 lead with 9:51 on the clock.
Three consecutive free throws by the Flying Fleet gave them a one-point lead, 22-21, but UMO responded with a 9-2 run that gave the Trojans their own six-point lead over the Fleet, 30-24.
The final six minutes of the opening half saw the teams trade baskets with Mount Olive leading an 8-7 run into halftime up 38-31.
The Flying Fleet scored five quick points right out of halftime but a three-pointer by Matin and a three-point conversion on the and-one free throw opportunity by Cameron Robinson halted the Erskine run and put UMO up 44-36 at the 18-minute mark.
Erskine cut Mount Olive’s lead to just two points, 44-42, following back-to-back three-pointers as the clock neared 15 minutes remaining.
UMO opened up a 10-point lead following an 8-0 run thatincluded a layup by Robinson and back-to-back threes from JonathanMebane to put the score at 52-42.
The Trojans took an 18-point lead, 64-46, after UMO went on a 12-4 rally as the clock hit 8:24 remaining.
Over the next six minutes, the Flying Fleet cut the Trojan lead down to nine points, 70-61, but Mount Olive closed out the game on a 10-5 run to win 80-66.
Jamaal Matin led the Trojans with 20 points while Darius Spragley was just behind with 19 of his own.
Alan Treakle, Cameron Robinson, and Jonathan Mebane joined Matin and Spragley in double-digits with 12, 11, and 10 points respectively.
Mount Olive will travel to Franklin Springs, Ga., where the semifinals and championship games will be played. No. 1 seeded Emmanuel, after defeating Lees-McRae, earned the hosting honors as the highest seed remaining in the tournament. Mount Olive will play the host school on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m., following the Conference Tournament brunch at which the ‘Of the Year’ awards and all-conference teams will be announced.