Men's Basketball Falls 69-53 at Mount Olive; Host Senior Night and Queens on Friday in Regular Season Finale
February 26, 2013
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Mahamed Ibrahim's block on one end and dunk on the other end served as a wakeup call as Mount Olive overcame a slow start for a 69-53 victory over Pfeiffer in Conference Carolinas men's basketball Tuesday at Kornegay Arena. Pfeiffer will now look forward to its final game of the 2012-2013 on senior night Friday hosting Queens at 7:30 p.m.
Mount Olive (14-11 overall, 11-8 Conference Carolinas) spotted Pfeiffer the first six points of the game and the Trojans still trailed 12-6 when Ibrahim brought the team and the Kornegay Arena crowd to life. Ibrahim blocked a layup attempt and got his own rebound. He sent an outlet pass to Patterson, who gave it back in the front court to Ibrahim, who had run the floor and finished the play with a thunderous slam dunk with 13:12 left in the first half.
A pair of free throws by Ewon Wright tied the game and Dory Hines' dunk off a Jordan McCain steal gave Mount Olive its first lead at 16-14 with 10:32 remaining before halftime. The Trojans led the remainder of the contest.
Back to back three-pointers by Wright stretched Mount Olive's lead to 31-22. Wright added another three and a pair of free throws to score the final five points of the half and give the Trojans a 38-26 halftime lead. Wright scored all of his team-high 13 points in the first half.
Mount Olive scored the first 10 points of the second half as Dontrell Brite's steal and layup capped a 15-0 run across each half to give the Trojans a 48-26 lead with 17:47 left to play. The margin grew to as many as 26 points before Pfeiffer (4-22, 2-17) chipped away in the final six minutes.
A.J. Clark led all scorers with 15 points for Pfeiffer, while Joe Ledbetter added 10 points.