Adam Hunt scored 28 points and led Olympic of Charlotte to a 49-40 victory over the Northwestern Trojans in the semifinals of the Lindberg Moody Memorial Tournament.
Hunt keyed a 9-0 run midway through the final period that gave Olympic a lead it would never surrender.
When Taylor Shugart tapped in a missed shot with 4:45 remaining in the game, it tied the count at 31.
Olympic got seven of the next nine points from Hunt to take a 40-31 lead with 3:18 to play, and Northwestern never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
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Hunt got the scoring spree started with a three-point play and Reggie Arcenaux added a pair of free throws for a 36-31 lead.
Hunt nailed a 12-footer off the left wing on Olympic's next trip down the floor to make it 38-31. When he scored on a backdoor layup with 3:18, it was 40-31.
"Hunt really stepped up big for us tonight," Olympic coach Ty Baumgardner said. "He is only a junior, and we have been waiting all year long for him to step up like he did tonight."
Northwestern cut it to 40-33 on its next possession, and Olympic used some solid free throw shooting down the stretch to secure the win. Its last nine points in the contest came from the charity stripe. Hunt made six of the nine for Olympic.
Olympic took a 6-5 lead after one period, but Northwestern scored the first four points in the second quarter and went on to take a 15-11 lead at halftime.
Northwestern held the lead until Joe Davis tied it at 22 with a layup. Northwestern regained the lead at 27-24 after three periods, but Hunt's 3-pointer from the corner gave Olympic a 31-29 lead before Shugart, who led the squad with 18 points, tied it at 31-all.
Both teams played well defensively for most of the game, and that accounted for the low score.
"We played very well defensively all night," Northwestern coach Mike Gossett said. "We struggled again tonight on the offensive end of the floor. We are just not a real good scoring team right now."
Baumgardner also said he thought his team did well on defense.
"I thought we had a pretty good defensive plan tonight, and I thought that we executed it very well," Baumgardner added. "I felt like that we stepped it up quite a bit on defense in the second half, especially down the stretch."