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Poor Free Throw Shooting Dooms Men's Basketball in 78-64 Loss at Mount Olive

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MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - Backed by a game-high 23 points from Mahamed Ibrahim and double-double by Craig Hayes with 22 and 10, host Mount Olive College registered a 78-64 victory over Pfeiffer University in a Conference Carolinas men's basketball tilt on Wednesday night. The win pushes the red-hot Trojans to 15-7 overall, 8-4 in league play while the Falcons drop down to 11-10, 5-6.

Reggie Hollinger would put Pfeiffer up a half dozen just 3:11 in after his first converted triple of the night. 90 seconds later, Mount Olive had erased the deficit and took the lead on a layup from Hayes. The Trojans would have control of the first half from their going up as much as 11 with 4:09 remaining before Tayron Gibson and KC Anuna helped cut it down to seven at the half.

Within the first two minutes of the second, Anuna would get the Mount Olive down to just four as would Hollinger at the 17:27 mark trailing 43-39. After a triple by Hayes, technical foul on the Falcons and two converted free throws by Ibrahim, the Trojans would take full control once again busting out on a 16-0 to go up 20, 59-39, with 11:01 remaining. The Falcons would only get as close as 12 after a layup by Hollinger with 2:27 remaining but would run out of time as Mount Olive claimed the double-digit win.

In addition to the efforts of Ibrahim and Hayes, Jordan McCain also finished in double-figures scoring 12. Hollinger was one of three Falcons reaching double-digits dropping in 22. Pfeiffer outshot Mount Olive 47% to 41% but the Trojans held the crucial advantage at the charity stripe shooting 78%.

Pfeiffer will return to action on Saturday facing another tough road test at Erskine. Tip time is set for 7:30 p.m. with live stats and video being available through http://www.gofalconsports.com.

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