BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team turned in one of their best offensive performances of the season on Saturday as the Tornado knocked off Conference Carolinas-leading Limestone College. King shot nearly 60 percent from the floor to take the 96-89 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 96, Limestone 88
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 13-10, 10-5 Conference Carolinas; Limestone 18-4, 12-2 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Derick Pope led the Tornado offense early, knocking down four triples in the opening six minutes. Hunter LeVeau and C.J. Good also made a three-point baskets, helping King to an 18-10 lead six minutes in.
- Je'Don Young sparked a quick 8-0 spurt for the Tornado with a trifecta and Jordan Floyd capped the run with a bucket and triple, giving King a 28-12 advantage.
- Malcolm St. Louis gave King their largest lead of the game at 49-25 with an emphatic dunk near the end of the first half.
- However, the Saints scored the final nine points of the opening stanza, cutting the Tornado lead to 49-34 at halftime.
- Donovan Harris made it an 11-0 Saint run with the first bucket of the first half before King scored six straight points, opening up a 55-36 lead.
- Limestone cut their deficit to single digits at 63-54 following a 9-1 run, but Good got the King offense going again with a triple.
- St. Louis followed with a jump shot in the paint and LeVeau extended the King advantage to 71-54 with another triple with nine minutes remaining.
- King led 73-55 before the Saints gradually worked their way back, eventually cutting their deficit back to single digits at 88-79 following a Shaun Stewart triple with 1:27 remaining.
- Stewart again nailed a three-point basket with 1:08 remaining, cutting the King lead to 88-83.
- However, Good and Floyd hit six straight free throws to extend the game and essential ice the 96-89 victory.
- Floyd led five King scorers in double figures with 22 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists.
- LeVeau added 17 points while Good and Pope added 16 points apiece.
- St. Louis chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.
FOR THE FOES
- Stewart led Limestone with 40 points, going 8-for-13 from three and 15-for-24 from the floor. He also added a team-high five assists.
- Shaq Dance scored 18 points and added seven rebounds and four assists.
- Harris chipped in with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King shot 59.3 percent from the floor and 56.7 percent from three-point range, their best marks this season.
- That is also the best King has shot since 2013-14 when they shot 63.5 percent from the floor and 58.3 percent from three-point range in a 111-73 win at Pfeiffer University.
- The 22 points for Floyd mark a career-high, bettering his previous hit of 19 that was set on January 21 at Emmanuel College.
- King had five scorers in double figures for the second time this season. The Tornado previously had six reach at least 10 points in a 110-91 win over Pfeiffer on January 7.
- King stays at home to face Erskine College on Tuesday night. Tipoff from the Student Center Complex is slated for 7:30 p.m.
- Limestone hosts North Greenville University on Tuesday.