From UMO Media Relations
BRISTOL, Tennesse – The University of Mount Olive men’s basketball team came up short against the Tornado of King University 74-72 on Tuesday night in Conference Carolinas action. UMO falls to 0-3, 0-3 in season, while King improves to 2-2, 1-1.
INSIDE THE SCORE
King University got on the scoreboard first, opening the contest on a 3-0 lead, but Mount Olive had an answer by Matthias Caver, and the game remained close for a while. The Tornado did find a run midway through and expanded their lead to 13 with under 1:29 to play. Quishaun Brevard, Jeremiah Phifer, and Alan Treakle helped Mount Olive add five more points to decrease King’s lead by 8 points ending the first half 31-23.
The second half began with a quick seven points from the Trojans to cut into the lead 31-30 with 17:33 remaining in the game. UMO continued to battle as they went on a 10-9 run, taking the lead 40-39 at the 13:39 mark. The Trojans found their momentum and expanded their lead to nine with 4:43 left to play. Both teams were neck and neck, but King found its hot hand and quickly pulled ahead with a two-point lead as the Tornado took the 74-72 victory.
MOUNT OLIVE LEADERS
The Trojans were led by Alan Treakle with 21 points. Matthias Caver also added double-digit points with 19 points.
The Tornado were led by Michael Mays with 22 points.
The key moment of the game came in the last 4:43 left in the game when King found their hot hand and quickly pulled ahead with a two-point lead to take the 74-72 victory.
Mount Olive is back in conference action in Kornegay Arena for their home opener as they will host North Greenville University at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.