King University takes two from North Greenville on the hardwood

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team opened Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday night in the Student Center Complex and need all of Hunter LeVeau’s career-high to defeat North Greenville University. The Tornado closed the game on a 7-0 run, including five from LeVeau to defeat North Greenville 71-67.

FINAL SCORE: King 71, North Greenville 67
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 2-3, 1-0 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 4-1, 0-1 Conference Carolinas

• North Greenville got off to a hot start, scoring the first eight points of the contest.
• However, the Tornado answered with C.J. Good starting an 11-0 run with a triple and jump shot. Mack Owens evened the score with a layup and Dontae Campbell drilled a three-point basket to put King ahead.
• The Crusaders came back and took a 19-18 lead with six minutes remaining in the first half before the Tornado went on another run.
• Good again started the spurt with a triple and Noble Fahnbulleh made a fastbreak layup before converting and old fashioned three-point play. Good connected from long range again before LeVeau nailed a triple, capping the 13-0 run that put the Tornado ahead 32-19.
• LeVeau scored the final points of the half on a jump shot, giving King a 39-28 lead at the break.
• North Greenville gradually worked their way back over the first 10 minutes of the second half, taking a 52-50 lead following a Matt Moore triple.
• The Crusaders then held a 56-52 lead when LeVeau made a three-point basket from the corner and was fouled. He made the free throw, evening the tally at 56-56 with 7:38 remaining.
• However, North Greenville answered by scoring five of the next six points, opening up a 62-57 lead before LeVeau made a jump shot and later nailed another trifecta.
• LeVeau evened the score at 64-64 with a pair of free throws with 4:24 remaining.
• Moore again drilled a three-point basket, giving the Crusaders a 67-64 lead with 2:53 remaining, but that was the final bucket the Crusaders would score.
• Derick Pope made a pair of free throws, pulling King within one, and LeVeau knocked down his fourth triple of the game, giving King a 69-67 lead with 1:21 remaining.
• North Greenville then missed a triple, but got the offensive rebound. However, the Tornado defense dug in and forced the shot clock violation.
• The Crusaders again had a chance to even the score with less than 10 seconds remaining, but Owens came up with a block and LeVeau with a rebound.
• LeVeau then iced the 71-67 win with two free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining.
• On the night, LeVeau went 9-for-9 from the free throw line and posted game-highs of 29 points and 11 rebounds.
• Owens posted a double-double as well, accounting for 11 points and 10 rebounds.
• Good chipped in with 11 points for the Tornado.

• Justin Dotson led North Greenville with 18 points and seven rebounds while Moore followed with 17.
• Daniel Burchette chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds.

• For LeVeau, the 29 points matches a career-high he set on Saturday against Lander University. The 11 rebounds also matches a career-best. He last grabbed 11 rebounds on November 13, 2013 against Mars Hill University.
• The double-double for LeVeau marks his first of the season and fourth of his career. He posted three double-doubles in 2013-14.
• Owens also posted his first double-double of the season, and third of his career. He recorded a pair of double-doubles a season ago.
• The win in the Conference Carolinas opener marks King’s sixth straight win to open the Conference Carolinas season in six years as members.

• King returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Erskine College. Tipoff from Due West, S.C. is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
• North Greenville hosts Limestone College on Tuesday night.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a pair of road games last week, the King University women’s basketball team returned to the friendly confines of the Student Center Complex to open Conference Carolinas play in a see-saw affair with North Greenville University. The Crusaders closed the first half on a run to take an 11 point lead, but the Tornado came back to start the second half and pulled away late, taking the contest 76-69.
FINAL SCORE: King 76, North Greenville 69
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 3-2, 1-0 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 2-3, 0-1 Conference Carolinas

• The Tornado went on an 8-0 run, taking an 8-2 advantage midway through the first quarter. The spurt was capped by a Madison Davis layup.
• Davis followed with a pair of triples, but the Crusaders chipped away over the final five minutes of the quarter.
• North Greenville scored the last basket of the quarter to make the score after one 18-17 in favor of the Tornado.
• The teams went back-and-forth over the first five minutes of the second quarter and Ashley Albertson evened the score at 28-28 with an old fashioned three-point play with 4:15 remaining in the half.
• However, the Crusaders closed the half on a 12-1 run, including nine straight to hold a 40-29 lead at halftime.
• Out of the break, King went on a run with Sheena Johnson opening the scoring with her first triple of the contest.
• In the all, King went on a 16-2 run, taking a 45-42 lead midway through the third stanza. Johnson added another triple on the run and King went 8-for-10 from the free throw on the spurt.
• The teams then traded baskets, and Kori West gave King a 51-50 advantage going to the fourth quarter with a free throw.
• The Crusaders held the advantage early in the fourth quarter, opening up a 61-56 lead following a Jessica Garlington triple with 5:42 remaining.
• However, the Tornado had an answer with Whitney Mitchell starting a 11-0 run with a fasbreak layup.
• Jalan Harper evened the score for the 11th time with a free throw and Mitchell hit a jump shot to put King ahead 63-61.
• Cameron Carter hit a three-point basket with 46 seconds to cut the Crusader deficit to 72-69, but the Tornado iced the game at the foul line.
• King scored their final five points from the free throw line, taking the contest 76-69.
• Johnson led four King scorers in double figures with 18 points, going 8-for-9 from the free throw line.
• Harper followed with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Mitchell added 14 points and five rebounds.
• Davis chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.

• Carter led the Crusaders with 24 points and nine rebounds.
• Karen Donehew posted 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

• King opens Conference Carolinas play with a win for the second straight season. The Tornado defeated Barton College 72-61 at home last season.

• King returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Erskine College. Tipoff from Due West, S.C. is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
• North Greenville hosts No. 14 Limestone College on Tuesday night.


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