The Panthers won their third straight to improve to 4-1. They handed Emory (3-1) their first loss of the season and have beaten the Eagles in back-to-back years for the first time.
"This was our best performance as a team. Emory is a well coached team and had one of their main players injured," Coach Kendal Wallace said. "We played well as a team and each player played their role and did it to the best of their ability."
Olson had a game high 21 points, making 9-of-9 at the free throw line. Elijah Adedoyin had a career high 20 points in his first start of the season. Alex Bonner added 16 points and Travis Thompson 12 off the bench.
The Panthers took the lead for good in the first half. Trailing 33-27, they outscored the Eagles 18-3 over the final six minutes to take a 45-36 lead. Adedoyin had 15 of his points in the half, making 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
Olson had only 3 points at the half. In the second half, he was 4-of-6 from the floor and hit all his free throws.
The Panthers had their biggest lead, 69-52, when Olson hit a jumper with 11:37 remaining. Emory rallied, cutting LC's lead to six points, 80-74.
But Bonner scored off an assist from Tyler Langston. Then, Olson made a steal at one end and completed a three-point play at the other end to push the Panthers' lead to 11 and they were not threatened the rest of the way.
The Panthers play tournament host Oglethorpe on Sunday.