MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Averaging just 79.6 points per game, Mount Olive College displayed an offensive outburst in a 114-105 victory over Pfeiffer University in Conference Carolinas men’s basketball action on Thursday evening. Kendrick Easley led the Trojans with a season-high 44 points on the night. Jeff Pettiway tallied a team-high 35 for the Falcons followed by Chris Woods’ 24. Mount Olive missed just one of their 35 free throws on the night improving to 7-4 overall, 4-0 in conference play. The Falcons suffer their first league setback dropping to 5-3, 1-1.
The Trojans shot an incredible 53% from the field in the victory. Woods and Pettiway started the night with a 6-0 early run before Easley gave Mount Olive the lead for good, at the 15:11 mark of the first half, with a three-point basket. The Trojans closed out the first half with a 15-4 run taking a 56-42 advantage into the break.
Easley came out in the second half picking up where he left off in the first half draining basket after basket. Another three-ball by Easley put Pfeiffer in its biggest hole of the night, down 21, 63-42 at the 18:37 mark. Pettiway helped slice the deficit back into single digits with a jumper on the other side of the halfway mark, trying to spark a late Falcon rally. A 13-2 run followed, but Easley again slowed down the guests with another one of his eight three pointers just minutes later. Derek Staton, scoring 20 on the night, partnered with Easley to hold the lead for the duration.
Mount Olive placed four guys in the double-digits with scoring on the night. Mike Holloman registered 19 while Lamonte Theus scored 10. For the Falcons, James Crowder was the only other scorer in double figures with 15.
The 114 points is the most given up by Pfeiffer this season as the Trojans connected on 34 of their 35 shots from the charity stripe and drained 42% of their three-point attempts. The Falcons shot 42% from the field, 40% from behind the arc.
Pfeiffer will look to get back into the win column on Saturday night hosting Belmont Abbey College inside the Merner Gym. The Conference Carolinas tilt will begin at 7:30 p.m.