BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team finally returned to the friendly confines of the Student Center Complex on Wednesday night, and the Tornado were in for a battle against North Greenville University. The Tornado found themselves trailing midway through the second half, but closed the game on a 27-14 run to take the 71-59 Conference Carolinas victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 71, North Greenville 59
LOCATION: Student Center Complex, Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 11-4, 6-1 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 3-9, 1-5 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The teams traded blows in the early going, but the Tornado grabbed a 22-12 lead midway through the first frame following Drew Standifer‘s second triple of the half.
- C.J. Good gave King their largest lead of the game at 33-19 when he drilled a triple with 2:30 remaining in the first half.
- Good closed the first half when he made a jump shot from the middle of the paint in the final seconds to give King a 35-24 lead at halftime.
- North Greenville gradually worked their way back over the first 10 minutes of the second half and eventually took a 45-44 lead following a Korval McElroy triple with nine minutes remaining.
- Shon’Dre Dukes answered with a pair of free throws to give the lead back to King and Hunter LeVeau connected on back-to-back three-point baskets that gave the Tornado a 52-47 advantage.
- Including LeVeau’s first triple, the Tornado rolled off 10 straight points on a run that was capped by a Mikquell Jackson three-point basket with four minutes remaining.
- The Tornado then held their lead there for the rest of the contest, taking the game 71-59.
- LeVeau led King with 23 points to go along with four rebounds.
- James Scales followed with 12 points while Jackson chipped in with nine.
- Standifer led the Tornado with 10 rebounds to go along with six points.
- Calvin Walker posted five assists to go along with four points and four rebounds.
FOR THE FOES
- Justin Dotson tallied 21 points and five rebounds to lead North Greenville.
- Miguel Cartagena followed with 11 points and McElroy added 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Standifer matched a career-high with those 10 rebounds.
- The Tornado remain at home to face Erskine College on Saturday. Tipoff from the Student Center Complex is slated for 4:00 p.m.
- North Greenville is on the road on Saturday at Southern Wesleyan University.