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 freshman season.
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 rooms.
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.