Mount Olive, NC - Southern Wesleyan fell to the Mount Olive Trojans in a 86-79 final on Saturday afternoon.
Jalen Lowery led the Warriors with 31 points in the loss on Saturday afternoon. He was followed by Javon Hunter with 20 and Jacob Smith with 14. The team shot 53.3% from the field. Southern Wesleyan recorded 21 rebounds and was led by Isaac Ford with seven. Ford and Diego Poore posted three assists each and four Warriors posted steals.
Final: Mount Olive 86, Southern Wesleyan 79
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-19 CC 1-11) Mount Olive (8-12 CC 7-4)
How It Happened
The Trojans scored first in the contest on Saturday afternoon and took an early 5-0 lead before a basket from Jalen Lowery put the Warriors on the board. The Warriors fell behind early and had to fight their way back into the game. Jacob Smith made a layup to put the team trailing by one 10-11. Southern Wesleyan stayed right there with the Trojans before they went on a run to stretch their lead. A 3-pointer from Javon Hunter was able to cut the lead and put the Warriors only trailing 27-34. Back-to-back free throws from Diego Poore and Zalan Richards allowed the Warriors to gain some momentum going into halftime. The Trojans led 48-37 at the half.
Smith kicked off the second half with an early 3-pointer to put the score at 40-48. Both teams traded baskets back-and-forth and a 3-pointer from Hunter and Lowery cut the Trojans lead to 59-55. The Trojans pushed their lead and challenged the Warriors defense. Late free throws from Poore and Lowery put the Warriors down only four 76-80. Mount Olive's Jamaal Matin answered with a jump shot after a Southern Wesleyan timeout. Lowery countered with a jump shot to put the Warriors down only 78-82. Despite a late free throw from Lowery, the Trojans went on to win the game 86-79.
Southern Wesleyan will travel to Mars Hill on January 30 to take on the Lions at 7 p.m. The Warriors will then travel to King University to take on the Tornado in Conference Carolinas action on February 2 at 4 p.m.