Men's Basketball News Archives

  • 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.
  • Tornado fall to Limestone in conference championship
    March 05, 2017
    MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Following upsetting the top seed on their home floor, the King University men’s basketball team fell to second seeded Limestone College in the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship on Sunday afternoon. The contest was tight the entire way, but the Saints closed the contest on a 7-2 run to take the game and 76-70.
  • Second-half surge, LeVeau's putback lift King to CC Final
    March 04, 2017
    MISENHEIMER, N.C. – In what was expected to be a high scoring affair, the fourth seeded King University men’s basketball team stunned top seed Pfeiffer University in the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals. The Tornado used an 11-0 at the beginning of the second half to gain separation, and Hunter LeVeau grabbed an offense rebound and made a layup with 0.1 seconds remaining to give King the 100-98 victory.
  • LeVeau, Good selected All-Conference Carolinas
    March 04, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Prior to the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals, the league held a banquet to announce their all-conference performers and a pair of Tornado seniors were honored. Hunter LeVeau garnered first team accolades while C.J. Good was selected to the second team.
  • Three Tornado named academic All-Conference Carolinas
    March 01, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the Conference Carolinas basketball tournaments underway, the league announced their academic all-conference performers and three Tornado were named to the list. Derick Pope for the men’s team along with Keyanna Blakely and Amy Van Deventer of the women’s team earned honors.
  • Hot shooting Tornado top BAC, advance to conference semis
    February 28, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team finds themselves in a familiar spot, the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals as the fourth seeded Tornado defeated fifth seed Belmont Abbey College 85-67 on Tuesday night. The Tornado had to hold off an early second half run from the Crusaders, but King extended their lead to take the contest.
  • King comes back to defeat LMC in regular season finale
    February 24, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a contest that was reminiscent of the game played in Banner Elk a couple weeks ago, the King University men’s basketball team capped the regular season with a come-from-behind victory over rival Lees-McRae College on Friday night. The Bobcats took a 17 point lead in the first half, but the Tornado came back behind seniors Hunter LeVeau and Malcolm St. Louis to take the 88-81 victory.
  • Tornado pull away in 2nd half to top UMO
    February 21, 2017
    MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University men’s basketball team was able to avenge a loss 10 days ago when they went on the road and defeated the University of Mount Olive 77-65 on Tuesday night. The first half was tight, but the Tornado pulled away in the second half and iced the contest at the free throw line.
  • Fahnbulleh's put-back gives King win at Lees-McRae
    February 15, 2017
    BANNER ELK, N.C. – In what has resulted in entertaining games the last few years, the King University men’s basketball team came back to defeat rival Lees-McRae College on Wednesday night. The Tornado trailed the majority of the contest, but came back and Noble Fahnbulleh put the Tornado head with an offensive rebound and put-back with 9.5 seconds remaining, giving King the 98-97 victory.
  • Trojans stun King in overtime
    February 11, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In what has become a rivalry in Conference Carolinas, the King University men’s basketball team squared off with the University of Mount Olive. It seem as though it was an uphill battle for the Tornado all day, and King came back to grab the lead late in the second half. However, Jordan Floyd came up with a bucket to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, Mount Olive drilled the deciding basket, a triple with 1:01 remaining to take the contest 75-72.
  • Tornado top Erskine in Conference Carolinas clash
    February 07, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team seems to be peaking at the right time, taking their fourth straight victory on Tuesday night. The Tornado placed four scorers in double figures, led by 18 from Jordan Floyd in their 87-70 win over Erskine College.
  • ECAC names LeVeau Player of the Week
    February 07, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University men's basketball player Hunter LeVeau’s big week has resulted in another award. On Tuesday, LeVeau was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Week after he eclipsed 1,500 career points and helped the Tornado a pair of wins, including a 96-89 victory over Conference Carolinas-leading Limestone College.
  • LeVeau selected Conference Carolinas Player of the Week
    February 06, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time this season, King University men’s basketball player Hunter LeVeau has garnered Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honors. Last week he eclipsed 1,500 career points and helped the Tornado a pair of wins, including a 96-89 victory over Conference Carolinas-leading Limestone College.
  • Floyd's career-high helps King knockoff league-leading Saints
    February 04, 2017
    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.
  • LeVeau's big night lifts King over Emmanuel
    February 01, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team avenged a loss earlier in the season on Wednesday night when they defeated Emmanuel College. The Tornado used a big run early, and another run late to take the contest 88-76.
  • Tornado hold on for win at Belmont Abbey
    January 28, 2017
    BELMONT, N.C. – The King University men’s basketball team rebounded from a tough loss Friday night with a solid road win on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado pulled away from Belmont Abbey College in the second half, and had to hold off a late Crusader run to take the 88-81 victory.
  • St. Louis' big night not enough for King to top Pfeiffer
    January 27, 2017
    MISENHEIMER, N.C. – As anticipated, the rematch between King University and Pfeiffer University was high scoring, but the Tornado came out on the short end on Friday night. King mustered a late comeback on the road, but the Falcons held on to take the 114-111 victory.
  • Emmanuel comes back to top Tornado
    January 21, 2017
    FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – History has proven when the King University men’s basketball team squares off with Emmanuel College, the game usually comes down to the wire. That was no different on Saturday afternoon as the home-standing Lions came away with a narrow 85-82 Conference Carolinas victory.
  • King defense stymies Warriors in league triumph
    January 16, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team took their second straight Conference Carolinas win on Monday night in the Student Center Complex. The Tornado defense forced 28 turnovers from Southern Wesleyan University as King cruised to the 90-57 victory.
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