MOUNT OLIVE, N.C.Brandon Streeter scored 19 points and Elton Coffield and Kendrick Easley added 18 points apiece as Mount Olive defeated Coker 99-65 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference men’s basketball Thursday at Kornegay Arena. The Trojans hit 12-of-23 three-pointers as they won their fourth in a row and seventh in their last eight games.

 

Mount Olive (15-5 overall, 9-4 CVAC) scored the first six points of the game and built a 12-4 lead after Mike Holloman’s fast break slam dunk with 14:32 left in the first half. Coker (5-14, 2-11) got as close as four points after Ben Brim hit a three-pointer with 11:42 remaining, but Streeter and Coffield answered with back-to-back three-pointers to extend the Trojans’ lead to 24-14.

 

Coker trimmed the lead down to single digits, but Coffield hit three three-pointers in a span of less than 90 seconds during a 13-0 run and Mount Olive built the lead to as many as 24 points before going into the locker room with a 48-27 halftime advantage. Coffield had 16 points at the break.

 

Lukas Varga opened the second half with a three-pointer to pull the Cobras within 18 points and it was still an 18-point game with just over eight minutes left when Streeter keyed a Mount Olive run that put the game away. Streeter scored 10 points during a 14-2 run as the Trojans built the lead to 30 points at 85-55 with 3:22 remaining.

 

Coffield and Easley each finished 4-for-7 from three-point range and combined for 13-of-21 from the field overall. Elijah Rouse, who ranks 16th in the nation with a 61.2 field goal percentage, added 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting as the Trojans shot 56.1 percent (37-for-66) from the field as a team. Streeter pulled down eight rebounds, while Coffield added seven boards. Holloman dished out a career-high seven assists.

 

Brim led Coker with a game-high 22 points, while Varga added 13 points and Jason Fulwood finished with 12 points.

 

Mount Olive returns to action Saturday as the Trojans travel to Due West, S.C., to take on Erskine in a CVAC match-up. The Trojans won the first meeting 93-60 January 13 at Kornegay Arena. Tip-off is 4 p.m. Coker plays host to Belmont Abbey Saturday at 4 p.m. in CVAC action.

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