UMO guard Alan Treakle

UMO guard Alan Treakle dribbles the basketball upcourt during a game earlier this season.

CENTRAL, S.C. — The University of Mount Olive men’s basketball team picked up their third Conference Carolinas victory coming back from a 14-point deficit to win by 11 points, 77-66, over the Southern Wesleyan Warriors at Tysinger Gymnasium in Central, S.C.

FIRST HALF

Sophomore Alan Treakle put the Trojans on the board first on a fast-break a layup following his own steal and completed the three-point play by making his and-one free throw to give UMO a 3-0 lead at the 17:52 mark of the opening half.

Southern Wesleyan knotted the score at five all following a 5-2 run as the clock tick toward 15 minutes.

The score knotted up once more at seven each before the Warriors went on an 8-2 over the course of four minutes to take a 15-9 lead over the Trojans.

UMO pulled within four points, 18-14 following a pair of free throws by Jamaal Matin and a three-pointer by Jonathan Mebane near the eight-minute mark.

A 15-3 run by SWU put the Warriors ahead by 16 points, 33-17, before a dunk by Don Pigford off the assist from Matin staled the Warrior run.

The Trojans scored seven points to the Warriors six as Southern Wesleyan road a 39-28 lead into halftime.

SECOND HALF

The Warriors held on to a double-digit lead through the first six minutes of the second half with as many as 14 points separating the two squads.

A pair of made free throws by Matin at 13:27 on the clock (50-38) kick-started a Mount Olive run that evaporated the Southern Wesleyan lead as the Trojans took a 54-53 (7:02) lead following an 18-3 rally.

UMO continued to pull ahead and saw themselves up nine points, 66-57, following another dunk by Pigford at 2:56.

In the last several minutes of the game, the Trojans led an 11-9 run to win by 11 points with the final score sitting at 77-66.

KEY STATS

Alan Treakle led the Trojans with 16 points including going 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Senior Jamaal Matin and sophomore Don Pigford were just behind with 15 points each. Both Matin and Pigford tied for the team lead in rebounds with 11 each.

Matin also had an impressive 7-of-10 record from the free throw line as the Trojans as a team shot 80% going 24-of-30 at the line.

UP NEXT

The Trojans are back on the court on Wednesday, December 19, as they head up Interstate 95 to take on the Trojans of Virginia State. Tip off in the ‘Battle of the Trojans’ is set for 4 p.m. in Petersburg, Va.