Previewing Mt. Olive

After winning their first exhibition by 59 points, the Tar Heels play their second and final public scrimmage Friday night against D-II Mt. Olive College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center and the game will not be televised.

Location: Mount Olive, N.C.
Enrollment: Main campus: 700, All campuses: 2,500 
Conference: Carolinas-Virginia (NCAA, Division II)
Nickname: Trojans
Colors: Forest Green and White 
Head Coach: Bill Clingan 
Record at MOC: 224-167  (14 years)
Last Year: 23-8 (15-5, C-V)

Probable Starters: 
   Melvin Creddle (6-1, 180, Jr.) – Newark, N.J./Cisco JC
   Maurice Horton (6-0, 170, Jr.)  - 8.2 ppg, 1.9 apg
   Victor Young (6-2, 190, Jr.) – 8.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg
   Elijah Rouse (6-3, 200, So.) – 3.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg
   Sharome Holloway (6-8, 205, Sr.) – 8.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Key Reserves: 
   Chris Bartley (6-5, 245, So.) - 4.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg
   Elton Coffield (6-4, 170, So.) - 8.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg
   Moise Tchankeu (6-8, 250, So.) - Yaounde, Cameroon/EOSC

Pregame Notes

* The Trojans played at UNC Wilmington last weekend, losing 62-46. They shot 17 percent from the floor in the first half (4-24 FG) and couldn't recover. Center Sharome Holloway led Mt. Olive with 12 points, 11 boards and 3 blocks. Victor Young added 12 points.

* They are coming off their best season in program history -- most wins (23), first-ever national ranking (No. 20) and first-ever NCAA Tournament berth (first-round loss to Alderson-Broaddus).

* Despite the record season, Mt. Olive's most memorable moment last year was a play that reached the national spotlight. Marcus West's 80-foot shot at the buzzer knocked off then-undefeated and nationally fourth-ranked Pfeiffer, 108-105. The Shot was No. 1 on ESPN Sportscenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day and was also aired on CNN Headline News and Fox Sports Net.

* The team lost five key players to graduation, including West, an All-American. Center Sharome Holloway is the top returning starter, as the lean post player averaged 8.1 points and 5.4 boards before missing the last month of the season with a wrist injury. "Sharome has the ability to run the court and play defense, and his quickness should help lead us throughout the season," said head coach Bill Clingan.

* Another name to watch is guard Maurice Horton, who has moved from point to the shooting guard slot and will shoulder more of the team's scoring load. "Maurice is as quick and athletic as anyone in our league and his abilities really shined through at the conference tournament last year," said Clingan.

Photo Gallery

Horton ...... Holloway

(Thanks to David Shulimson and Mt. Olive College for their assistance with photos and info.)

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