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October 3, 2023 10:36 am

Emmanuel wins over Mount Olive

FRANKLIN SPRING, Ga. – The University of Mount Olive men’s basketball team was unable to overcome a slow start in a 93-61 loss at Emmanuel in Conference Carolinas play on Jan. 14.

With the loss, the Trojans suffered their third consecutive loss and fell to 4-12 this season with a 2-6 mark in conference action. Meanwhile, the Lions improved to 9-7 overall with a 5-3 record in league play.

Senior Michael Brown produced a team-high 12 points on four of 10 shooting while adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes. Freshman Shane Peterson returned to the starting lineup and delivered 11 points in 27 minutes of action. Senior Kaeleb Carter finished with 10 points in 18 minutes, while teammate Trayvon Ferrell registered seven points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.

UMO scored the initial basket of the game on a three-pointer from Brown, but the Lions made five of six shots over the next four minutes to establish a 15-9 lead. The Trojans cut the deficit to 20-15 with 13:04 left in the half after back-to-back threes from Peterson and Carter. Following a media timeout, Emmanuel went on a 12-0 run and forced Mount Olive into three turnovers to take a 32-15 advantage. Both teams converted five field goals over the final six-plus minutes of the first half, as the Lions held a 45-29 lead at the break.

In the second half, the Lions remained ahead by a 52-35 margin as play resumed. Emmanuel mounted a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to extend the advantage to 61-35 with 14:31 remaining. With 8:07 left, Emmanuel scored seven straight points to stretch the advantage to 79-49 before both teams traded points over the final five-plus minutes.

UMO finished the contest shooting 35.7 percent (20 of 56) from the floor while converting 11 of 30 (36.7 percent) from three-point range. Meanwhile, Emmanuel posted a .615 field goal percentage (32 of 52) and made 12 of 27 (44.4 percent) from beyond the arc. The Lions held a 25-24 rebounding advantage with 38 points in the paint, while the Trojans totaled 16 second-chance points.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics