Trojans Fall at Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. -- Three Trojans reached double figures, but Anderson dropped just its second contest of the season, 77-65, to league-leading Mount Olive in Conference Carolinas action Saturday evening at Kornegay Arena. Mount Olive improved to 8-4 overall and 5-0 in league play, while Anderson fell to 8-2 and 2-2 in the conference. Anderson guard Brandon Young opened the game’s scoring with a layup and the Trojans built a seven-point lead, 13-6, with just more than five minutes gone, but Mount Olive posted a 13-6 run and pulled even at the 6:26 mark. MOC took its first lead of the contest on a Mike Holliman putback and the lead changed hands three times over the next two minutes before Mount Olive pushed out to a 33-26 halftime lead. The Trojans rallied to knot the score at 47-47 midway through the final stanza, but Mount Olive’s Kendrick Easley snapped the tie with a basket and Mount Olive edged out to a nine-point lead with 9:10 remaining, but AU refused to surrender. Taylor Shugart’s putback snapped Mount Olive’s run and another Shugart score pulled AU within 57-53 with 7:01 on the clock, but the Trojans would get no closer as Easley scored 14 points in the final four-plus minutes of the game. Mount Olive extended the margin to double-digits by hitting four free throws in the final minute. Young scored a team-high 19 points, while teammates Kevis Cornwell and Tony Anderson each netted 13 points. Taylor Shugart grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds. Anderson will get back on the hardwood on Wednesday, when the Trojans travel to Limestone to wrap up their brief two-game road swing. Tip-off versus the Saints is 7:30 p.m. at Timken Gym. Game Stats
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