Dontrell Brite was named to the First Team, Dory Hines was selected to the Second Team and University of Mount Olive head coach Joey Higginbotham earned coach of the year honors as the 2013-14 All-Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Team was announced Tuesday in Concord, N.C., site of the 2014 Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Tournament Powered by OrthoCarolina. The semifinals get underway Wednesday.
Brite, a 5-9 junior guard from Chesapeake, Va., ranks ninth in the conference in both scoring and assists. Brite is averaging 16.8 points and 3.6 assists per contest. He also ranks third in steals with a 1.6 average per game.
Hines, a 6-2 senior guard from Kinston, N.C., became University of Mount Olive’s all-time career assists leader December 19 and enters the conference tournament with 610 assists. Hines also became the first player in Trojan men’s basketball history to record a triple-double, compiling 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists February 5 against Pfeiffer. Earlier in the season against Wingate, he came within one point of a triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Hines matched his own school single-game record he set during his freshman year with 16 assists against Lees-McRae January 22. He tops the conference and ranks 33rd in the nation with 5.5 assists per game. Hines, who had the best assist-turnover ratio in the nation last year, ranks 11th in the nation and first in the conference this season.
Now in his sixth year, Higginbotham earns his third conference coach of the year award. He was also named the 2008-09 and 2009-10 Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. University of Mount Olive won 10 of its final 11 regular season games to capture a share of its third Conference Carolinas regular season championship under Higginbotham. The Trojans won three conference road games in six days during the final full week of the regular season and posted its second win of the season over regular season co-champion Barton to earn the top seed in the conference tournament. Higginbotham recorded his 100th career win January 4 against Limestone.
Mount Olive defeated No. 8 seed Pfeiffer 77-68 Saturday at Kornegay Arena in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. The Trojans take on fourth-seeded Limestone in Wednesday’s first semifinal at Cabarrus Arena. Mount Olive won 80-75 at Limestone February 22 to give the Trojans a sweep of the regular season series after the 76-74 overtime win at Kornegay Arena. Wednesday’s tip-off is 3 p.m.
The winner advances to the Championship Game Thursday at 8 p.m. at Cabarrus Arena.
University of Mount Olive’s Jasmine McDonald was named to the First Team and Katie Paschal was selected to the Second Team as the 2013-14 All-Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Team was announced Tuesday in Concord, N.C., site of the 2014 Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Tournament Powered by OrthoCarolina. The semifinals get underway Wednesday.
McDonald, a 5-7 senior guard from Lorton, Va., became the first player in Trojan basketball history – women’s or men’s basketball – to record two triple-doubles. Her second triple-double came this past Saturday in third-seeded Mount Olive’s 87-76 victory over No. 6 seed Erskine as McDonald finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. In December, McDonald compiled only the third triple-double in Trojan women’s basketball history with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a win over Virginia Union. For the season, McDonald is averaging a double-double with 12.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She leads the conference in rebounding and ranks third in assists. Nationally, she ranks 28th in assists and 33rd in rebounds.
Paschal, a 5-8 senior guard from Williamston, N.C., is the Trojans’ leading scorer in her first year at Mount Olive after transferring from Division I East Carolina University. Paschal scored 35 points in Mount Olive’s 89-43 victory over Bluefield State in December, tying for the third-highest single-game scoring total in Trojan women’s basketball history. She ranks sixth in the conference in scoring with 14.5 points per game and her 81.5 percent free throw percentage is the sixth highest in the conference. Paschal earned Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honors February 11. She was Mount Olive’s top scorer in four straight games during the Trojans’ season-high seven-game winning streak in February.
The Trojans take on seventh-seeded Barton in Wednesday’s second semifinal at Cabarrus Arena. Mount Olive won both regular season meetings this year, 69-62 January 30 at Barton and 79-66 February 25 at Kornegay Arena in the Trojans’ regular season finale. Wednesday’s tip-off is 5:30 p.m.
The winner advances to the Championship Game Thursday at 5 p.m. at Cabarrus Arena.