BELMONT, N.C. – In a matchup of two of the top teams in Conference Carolinas, and two of the top scorers in NCAA Division II, Jordan Floyd and the King University men's basketball came out on top at Belmont Abbey College on Saturday afternoon. Floyd matched his school record with 43 points as King erased a 13-point halftime deficit to take the contest 91-87.
FINAL: King 91, Belmont Abbey 87
LOCATION: Wheeler Center; Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 14-5, 8-3 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 11-8, 7-5 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- King fell behind 6-0 in the early going before Mike Salomon drilled a triple as the Tornado came back to take an 11-10 lead following a Floyd layup.
- The teams then went back-and-forth before a Floyd triple gave King a 32-29 lead midway through the opening half.
- The score was even at 34 before the Crusaders closed the half on a 17-4 run over the final five minutes of the half.
- Belmont Abbey shot a blistering 60.7 percent in the opening 20 minutes while holding King to a 36.8 field goal percentage to take a 51-38 lead into the second half.
- The nation's leading scorer, Floyd scored 24 points in the opening half while King held the nation's fourth-leading scorer, DeQuan Abrom to 12 points.
- For the first 10 minutes of the final period, Belmont Abbey had an answer for the Tornado as they held the lead near 10 points the entire time.
- Midway through the half, James Brown made a layup and a Justin Frazier trifecta pulled King within 68-64 as Belmont Abbey called for a timeout.
- Belmont Abbey responded, however, extending their lead back to 78-69 before King made another run.
- Josh Releford connected from long range, cutting the King deficit to four before a triple from Frazier and layup from Floyd pulled King within 80-79 with 4:36 remaining.
- King trailed 83-79 with four minutes remaining when Floyd made a layup and a pair of free throws from Brown evened the tally at 83, the first tie since the game was even at 34.
- Brown then collected an offensive rebound and gave King an 85-83 lead with two minutes remaining.
- Floyd made it an 8-0 run with a pair of free throws before the Crusaders made a triple, cutting the King lead to 87-86.
- Nevertheless, Frazier made his final four free throws to give King the 91-87 win.
- In the second half, the Tornado shot 56.7 percent from the floor while holding the Crusaders to a 44.0 field goal percentage.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Floyd paced the King offense, scoring 43 points. He added five rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks.
- Frazier followed with 12 points while Releford chipped in with 11 points.
FOR THE FOES
- King held Abrom to 17 points, 12 below his season average of 25.
- The Crusaders were led by Romeao Ferguson's 29 points and 13 rebounds.
- Sean Halloran and Ryan Shaffer added 11 points each.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Floyd matches his school record of 43 points, which he set earlier this year against the University of Mount Olive.
- The 40-point outburst was Floyd's third of the season. He now has 11 games with at least 30 points this season.
- Floyd also became the 10th player in program history to score 1,500 career points and ranks 10th on the all-time list with 1,509 points.
- King travels to rival Lees-McRae College on Wednesday night. Tipoff from Banner Elk, N.C. is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
- Belmont Abbey travels to Chowan University on Tuesday night.