BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Monday night the King University men’s basketball team earned a workmanlike Conference Carolinas victory over Belmont Abbey College. Mack Owens was a force on the glass for the Tornado, posting a double-double to lead King to their seventh straight win, 71-41.
FINAL SCORE: King 71, Belmont Abbey 41
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 19-5, 14-2 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 9-16, 5-12 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- King went on a 7-0 run, started by aHunter LeVeau triple to turn a two point deficit into an 8-3 lead five minutes into the contest.
- The Tornado stretched their lead to 13-6 following a trifecta fromC.J. Good and a fastbreak layup form Mack Owens to take a 13-6 lead.
- The Crusaders cut their deficit to one beforeJordan Omogbehin threw down a dunk and Good connected from long range to extend the lead back to six.
- Over the final five minutes of the half, King gained separation following an 11-3 run, taking a 32-21 lead into the break.Calvin Walker highlighted the run with an old fashioned three-point play whileMikquell Jackson added four points on the spurt.
- Belmont Abbey cut into their deficit early in the first half and trailed 41-35 before King went on a run to put the game away.
- Jackson started the run with a pair of three-point baskets and a jump shot before Owens capped the 13-0 spurt with an offense rebound and putback for the three-point play, giving King a 54-35 lead.
- The Tornado defense then held Belmont Abbey without a field goal over the final nine minutes as the Crusaders only scored one point in that time.
- On the other end, King closed the game on a 17-1 run to take the contest 71-41.
- Owens posted a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
- Good knocked down five triples, scoring a team-high 17 points.
- Jackson followed with 15 points and five rebounds.
- LeVeau chipped in with eight points and six rebounds.
FOR THE FOES
- Nick Hough led the Crusaders with 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting, including a 6-for-10 mark from three-point range.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The double-double for Owens marks his second of the season, the other coming on December 12 against USC Aiken.
- Owens also set a career-high with 15 rebounds, snaring six boards on the offensive end.
- James Scalesmatched a season-high with six assists, coming within one of his career-high.
- King will take to the road to play their final four regular season contest, starting with a tilt at Pfeiffer University on Wednesday night. Tipoff from Misenheimer, N.C. is slated for 7:30 p.m.
- Belmont Abbey hosts Lees-McRae College on Wednesday night.