Strong Finish Leads Warriors to First Conference Win

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Mount Olive, N.C. - Southern Wesleyan grabbed their first conference win on the road as they defeated the Mount Olive Trojans in a 72-67 final on Saturday afternoon.

 

Solomon Smith led the team with a double-double in the Warriors fourth win of the season. He posted 19 points and 17 rebounds while also contributing three assists and one steal. Jalen Lowery, Ta'Jay Dunlap, and Cameron Holmes each had 12 points on the afternoon. Hunter Davis followed with 11 points. Holmes and Clenzo Ross each obtained eight rebounds, while Hunter Davis chipped in seven to led the team. Dunlap had four of the 12 assists and three of the eight team steals. 

 

Game Vitals

Final: Southern Wesleyan 72, Mount Olive 67

Records: Southern Wesleyan (4-2 / CC 1-0) Mount Olive (3-3 / 0-1)

 

Coach Pasqua Says...

"Incredibly proud of this team. They wanted to win and never gave up. All the credit goes to our guys!"

 

How It Happened

Mount Olive jumped out with a 7-0 lead before a 3-pointer from Jalen Lowery would put the Warriors on the board. The Trojans remained ahead most of the first half as the Warriors kept right behind them. With a layup from Hunter Davis, the Warriors remained within two at 7-9 and again at 13-15 with a pair of free throws from Lowery. With eight minutes remaining, Davis' 3-pointer would tie the game at 23-23. Solomon Smith and Ta'Jay Dunlap put the Warriors ahead 27-24 with jump shots. The Warriors and the Trojans traded leads as a back and forth game headed into halftime. Mount Olive made a small run late in the half to lead 38-33 before the 15 minute break would take place. 

Cameron Holmes would score first for Southern Wesleyan in the second half. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Cameron Holmes and Clenzo Ross would put the Warriors within five, trailing 42-48. The Trojans clung to a comfortable lead for a majority of the second half as the Warriors fought to keep themselves in the game. With four minutes remaining, the Warriors began to work their way back in starting with shots from Lowery and Smith putting the Warriors down only 63-67. A free throw from Smith would put the Warriors down one, but Lowery would come up with a layup to pull ahead 68-67. Late free throws from Dunlap, Smith, and Holmes would allow the Warriors to lead 72-67 with nine seconds remaining and they would go on to secure their first conference win of the season.

 

What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will host the North Greenville Crusaders on November 26 at 7:30 p.m. They will then travel to take on the USC Aiken Pacers on December 7 at 3:30 p.m.