Trojans, UNCW to meet Dec. 9

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The University of Mount Olive men’s basketball team is headed to the Crystal Coast for an early-season showdown against UNC Wilmington.

Tip-off is Dec. 9 inside Trask Coliseum. A game time has not been determined.

UMO and UNCW have met on six occasions — twice in regular-season play in 1992 and 1993 before the Trojans made their move to the NCAA Division II ranks. They’ve played four exhibition games since 2003.

The Seahawks have won all six meetings.

UMO finished 16-13 this past winter and fell to second-seeded Belmont Abbey in quarterfinal-round play of the Conference Carolinas tournament.

Coach Joey Higginbotham is expected to return his top four scorers — senior guard Darius Spragley, senior forward Johnny Hughes III, junior guard Jonathan Mebane and junior point guard Michael Brown. All four players averaged double figures.

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