In front of a packed Kornegay Arena, the University of Mount Olive men’s basketball team triumphed over Georgian Court University, 83-71, on Friday evening in the 51st Annual Mt. Olive Pickle Classic.
UMO opened the first 20 minutes on a torrid pace, grabbing a 19-5 lead and forcing a GCU timeout just shy of three minutes into the game. Just three minutes later, the Lions cut Mount Olive’s lead to 24-18 using a 13-5 run. Staving off a GCU run, junior Tayon Gleaves scored the Trojans’ last six points of the half including a three at the buzzer to provide UMO with a 44-33 advantage at the break.
A 9-4 GCU run cut the Mount Olive lead to just 48-42 only four minutes into the second half.
Junior DeAndre Barber immediately responded by draining a three and pulling down a defensive rebound that led to a triple by freshman Cameron Robinson that regained a double-figure advantage for UMO. The Lions continued to put pressure on the Trojans, as GCU trimmed the deficit to nine at 78-69 with two minutes remaining in regulation, but UMO once again had an answer, scoring five of the last seven points in the contest to capture an 83-71 victory.
Mount Olive continues action in the Pickle Classic with a matchup tonight against Saint Augustine’s University at 7:30 p.m. in Kornegay Arena.