BANNER ELK, N.C. - Kendrick Easley scored 30 points for Mount
Olive College as the Trojans came into Williams Gymnasium and
defeated the Lees-McRae College Bobcats 90-73 in a Conference
Carolinas men's basketball game.
Easley's 30 points came on 10-of-22 from the floor, 4-of-11 from
three and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. He also led Mount Olive
with four assists in almost 35 minutes of play.
Transfer Adam McFerran, who scored 20 points on 9-12 shooting
from the floor and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe, led
Lees-McRae. His 20 points in 24 minutes is a career-high since
transferring from Wheeling and Jesuit where he scored 28 points his
Up 4-2 with 16:31 on the clock, the Trojans went on a 10-0 run
capped off by an Easley three to make it 14-4 with 13:44 remaining
in the half.
The Bobcats would close the gap to four, 18-14, on a McFerran
basket with nine minutes to play, but Mount Olive 12-0 run sparked
by an Easley three and highlight by four Craig Hayes points gave
the Trojans a 30-18 lead three minutes later.
A Sam Youse three closed the Trojan lead to seven, 33-26, with a
little less than four minutes to play in the half, but again Mount
Olive went on a run. This time they used a 9-2 run capped off my
an Easley three to take a 42-28 lead with 1:48 left in the half,
and the Trojans would carry a 13 point lead, 46-33, into the locker
Mount Olive came out of the half and pushed the lead to 16
points, 53-37, with 17:27 on the clock and kept the 16 point lead,
66-50, until the 9:59 mark in the half. A minute later the Trojans
would take their largest lead of the game a 22 point lead, 72-50,
and hold onto to win 90-73.
Following McFerran's 20 points was Youse, who notched 12 points
all from behind the arc. Daniel Sepokas, Stephen Haymer and Josh
Kurtz had nine points apiece for the Bobcats. Sepokas, Kurtz and
Reshon Benjamin collected four rebounds, and Anthony Johnson dished
out a team-high three assists.
For Mount Olive Hayes had 13 points, and Brandon Allen had ten
points and a game-high eight rebounds. Derek Staton and Lamonte
Theus had eight points apiece. Staton also had four steals.
Lees-McRae will travel to Belmont Abbey Monday for their next
game at 7:30 p.m.