WILSON, N.C. – The King University men's basketball team went on the road for the first time in more than one month, playing their first true road game of the season at Barton College on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado turned in one of their best offensive performances of the season as they will return to Bristol with the 98-90 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 98, Barton 90
LOCATION: Wilson Gymnasium; Wilson, N.C
RECORDS: King 7-3, 2-2 Conference Carolinas; Barton 4-7, 2-2 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tornado got off to a hot start, knocking down 10 triples in the opening 20 minutes.
- King shot 52.5 percent from the floor and 52.6 percent from long range in the first half.
- Josh Releford started a 10-0 run with a layup before giving King an 18-8 lead with a pair of triples.
- King later went on an 11-4 run, extending their lead to 43-25 with five minutes remaining until halftime.
- The Tornado lead grew to 21 twice, the first on a Jordan Floyd triple and the second on a James Brown dunk that put King ahead 50-29.
- Floyd closed out the first half with a three-point play that gave King a 55-36 lead at halftime.
- King stretched their lead to 22 points at 64-42 three minutes into the half before the Bulldogs started to chip away at their deficit.
- The Bulldogs went on an 11-5 run, cutting their deficit to 73-60 midway through the second half before Adonis Wheler got King back on the board.
- Seven straight Bulldog points cut the King deficit to 80-73 with 6:19 remaining, but as King did down the stretch, they had an answer.
- King extended their lead back to 87-77 following a pair of Floyd free throws, but five straight Barton points pulled King within 88-83 with 1:04 remaining.
- Mike Salomon ended the Bulldog momentum with a triple on the next possession as King iced the 98-90 win at the free throw line.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Floyd led the Tornado with 40 points, going 12-for-21 from the floor and 13-for-16 from the free throw line.
- Salomon followed with 16 points while Brown chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds.
- Releford scored eight points and handed out seven assists.
FOR THE FOES
- Isaiah Reddish led Barton with 30 points and seven rebounds.
- Isaiah Buck-Lowman followed with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists.
- Michael Boykin followed with 14 points and Blake Burdak added 12 points and nine rebounds.
- David Campbell chipped in with 10 points.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King shot 52.3 percent from the floor, their best field goal percentage of the season and second time shooting better than 50 percent.
- Floyd topped the 30-point plateau for the fifth time this season with his career-high of 40 points.
- That is tied for the second-most points scored in a game in King history. The last person to score 40 points in a game was Mark Dockery in February of 2011 against Life.
- The 40 points is only two points off the school record of 42 points.
- The seven assists for Releford sets a career-high, topping his previous best of five.
- King returns home to face Emmanuel College at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
- Barton hosts Chowan University on Tuesday night.