Men's Basketball News Archives

  • Balanced attack lifts King past Erskine
    January 13, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball got off to a hot start against Erskine College and later hit a buzzer beater to end the first half. The Tornado then cruised to the 79-57 Conference Carolinas victory in the second half.
  • King offense stymied by Lees-McRae
    January 10, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Rivalry games are always tough, and the King University men’s basketball team played Lees-McRae College in a tight Conference Carolinas affair on Wednesday night. The Tornado struggled from the floor, but had a chance to win the game late. However, the Bobcats got one last stop to take the game 76-74.
  • Late run stuns Tornado at Barton
    January 06, 2018
    WILSON, N.C. – In another contest atop the early season Conference Carolinas standings, the King University men’s basketball dropped a tight affair at Barton College. The Tornado got off to a hot start, and withstood a late first half rally from the Bulldogs. However, King couldn’t hold off a late rally in the second half from Barton as the Bulldogs came away with the 92-90 victory.
  • UMO hands King first conference loss
    January 05, 2018
    MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University men’s basketball team ran into a University of Mount Olive squad that played well on both ends of the floor on Friday night. King was held to a shooting percentage under 40 for the fourth time this season as the Trojans handed King their first Conference Carolinas loss 96-71.
  • Balanced offense lifts King past SWU
    January 02, 2018
    CENTRAL, S.C. – The King University men’s basketball team used a balance attack in the first half to gain control of the contest at Southern Wesleyan University. The Tornado extended the lead in the second half, taking the Conference Carolinas tilt 89-61.
  • Tornado stunned by late run at #18 Virginia State
    December 30, 2017
    ETTRICK, Va. – The King University men’s basketball team returned to action with a tough test at 18th-ranked Virginia State University on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado used a run in the second half to gain a lead, but the Trojans closed the game on spurt to send the contest to overtime. Virginia State used another run in the extra session to take the contest 79-72.
  • Well-rounded effort gives King win over L-R
    December 19, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a rematch of an overtime game earlier this season, the King University men’s basketball wasted no time getting ahead of Lenoir-Rhyne University and pulling away from the Bears. King shot better than 50 percent in the first half en route to the 80-49 victory.
  • King survives late run to defeat BAC
    December 16, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball fell behind Belmont Abbey College early, but closed the first half on a run behind Kalen Clifton to take a lead into the break. The Tornado lead grew to 20 in the second half, but the Crusaders didn’t give up. King held off a late run to escape with the 91-88 Conference Carolinas victory.
  • Second half run too much for King at #7 WLU
    December 13, 2017
    WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – Playing their second top 10 opponent of the season, the King University men’s basketball team knew they were in for a challenge when they traveled to take on seventh-ranked West Liberty University. The Tornado owned the lead at the break and stretched their advantage to 11 early in the second half, but the Hilltoppers used a run to gain the lead and held off the Tornado, taking he contest 91-87.
  • Late free throws, defense propels Tornado to victory
    December 10, 2017
    SALEM, W.Va. – The King University men’s basketball team used a strong defensive effort and some late free throws to clinch a victory Sunday afternoon over Lynn University. The Tornado got off to a hot start, but had to hold off the Fighting Knights late to take a 70-62 win.
  • Balanced attack leads King past Salem
    December 09, 2017
    SALEM, W.Va. – The King University men’s basketball team used a balance effort to defeat Salem University on Saturday night. The Tornado had an answer every time the Tigers tried to get back into the contest, and held off a late Salem run to take the contest 84-78.
  • Pitts becomes King men's basketball's all-time wins leader
    December 07, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University men’s basketball coach George Pitts has had a historic career, and this week he added another accomplishment to his list. With King’s 75-57 victory over Limestone College on Saturday, Pitts passed Al Nida for the most wins in program history.
  • Tornado basketball teams play on ESPN3
    December 07, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - On December 2, the King University basketball teams played in front of a national audience as the Conference Carolinas doubleheader was streamed live on ESPN3. See the highlights of the day for each game below.
  • Owens' double-doubles give him Conference Carolinas POW honors
    December 04, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Mack Owens led the King University men’s basketball team to a pair of Conference Carolinas wins last week, and on Monday he was recognized by the league. Owens posted a pair of double-doubles to earn Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
  • King stymies Saints on ESPN3
    December 02, 2017
    GAFFNEY, S.C. – Playing in front of a national audience on ESPN3, the King University men’s basketball put together one of their best performances of the season. The Tornado lead Limestone College by as many as 30 points in the second half, defeating the Saints 75-57. Head coach George Pitts also became King’s all-time wins leader with his 246th win.
  • King travels to Limestone NCAA Division II Showcase
    November 30, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a rematch of last year’s Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game, the King University men’s basketball team travels to Limestone College on Saturday. The contest will be streamed live on ESPN3 as part of the NCAA Division II Basketball Showcase. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. If fans are on campus, there will be a view party in the dining hall.
  • Second half offense leads King past NGU
    November 28, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team opened Conference Carolinas play with a comeback victory over North Greenville University. The Tornado trailed at halftime, but Jordan Floyd help lead the Tornado back in the second half, scoring 26 points in the frame to lead King to the 83-69 victory.
  • King drops home opener to Clayton State
    November 25, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team returned to the court for their first game of the season in the Student Center Complex when they took on Clayton State University. The Tornado got off to a hot start, but the Lakers went on a run to close the first half and used that momentum in the second half to take the 83-68 victory.
  • Tornado drop heartbreaker at Carson-Newman
    November 18, 2017
    JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Playing regional rival Carson-Newman for the first time in a six years, the King University men’s basketball team opened the contest with a solid 20 minutes and held the lead late. However, the home standing Eagles came up with a shot in the final five seconds to take the 92-91 victory.
  • Owens' tip-in lifts King over Lenoir-Rhyne in OT
    November 15, 2017
    HICKORY, N.C. – The King University men’s basketball team took to the road to take on Lenoir-Rhyne University in a matchup of two of the top programs in the southeast region. The Tornado led the majority of the contest until the Bears came back to force overtime in the final five minutes. In the extra session, Mack Owens tipped in an errant Tornado shot with two seconds remaining, giving King the 72-71 victory.
  • King announces basketball promotional schedule
    November 14, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University basketball teams would love to see your support throughout the 2017-18 season. Below is a promotions schedule for the upcoming Tornado season.
  • King falls to #4 LMU 94-60
    November 11, 2017
    BANNER ELK, N.C. – The King University men’s basketball team took on nationally ranked Lincoln Memorial University on Saturday afternoon in the second day of the SAC vs Conference Carolinas Challenge. The #4 ranked Railsplitters proved too much offensively as they defeated the Tornado 94-60.
  • Floyd's career night leads King past Tusculum
    November 10, 2017
    BANNER ELK, N.C. – The King University men’s basketball team opened the season with a 101-94 victory over regional rival Tusculum College behind a career night from Jordan Floyd. Floyd poured in 23 points in the first half, and ended the contest with 34 points to lead King to the victory.
  • Tornado prepared for postseason run in 2017-18
    November 07, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King University men's basketball team has reached the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game each of the last two years, and the expectations are no different in 2017-18. Head Coach George Pitts' squad will have a different look this year as he welcomes 12 newcomers to help the Tornado make another deep postseason run.
  • King basketball to be featured on ESPN3
    October 05, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s and women’s basketball teams will be featured on ESPN3 this season as part of the NCAA’s Division II Basketball Showcase. The Conference Carolinas doubleheader at Limestone College on December 2 will be streamed on ESPN3. Tipoff for the women’s game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. with the men to follow at 4:00 p.m. at the Timken Center in Gaffney, S.C.
  • Tornado have three selected to NABC Honors Court
    July 21, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team had three student-athletes earn National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court recognition. C.J. Good, Derick Pope, and Noble Fahnbulleh, all earned the distinction.
  • Pitts adds Hewitt to round out staff
    July 05, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Men’s Basketball Coach George Pitts rounded out his staff with the hiring of alum Brian Hewitt. Hewitt (’13) played for Coach Pitts and was an assistant coach for the Tornado during the 2015-16 season.
  • Pope signs to play in Germany
    June 05, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Derick Pope’s basketball career ended at King University in March, but his dream to play after college has come true. Earlier this spring, Pope signed a contract to play in Germany for the Bramsche TUS Red Devils.
  • Pasqua resigns to take head coach position
    April 13, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Nick Pasqua (’08) has been a member of the King University men’s basketball program for 13 years as either a player or a coach. On Thursday he announced his resignation as associate head coach as he accepted the position of head coach at Tusculum College.
  • LeVeau selected All-ECAC honorable mention
    March 15, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Hunter LeVeau of the King University men’s basketball team had a great career wearing the scarlet and navy and he can add another award to his mantle. LeVeau was selected All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) honorable mention.
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