Men's Basketball


Tornado Breeze Past U-Va Wise, 76-54

Tornado Breeze Past U-Va Wise, 76-54
WISE, Va. – King College Men's Basketball visited the University of Virginia at Wise and ran away with their second victory of the season, 76-54, on Tuesday night. King took their first and only lead with 7:43 left in the first half and never gave it away in the victory.

King (2-1) fell behind 5-0 quickly just 90 seconds into the game but that was the largest lead margin the Cavs held over the Tornado for the duration of the game. King fueled itself with a 14-2 run to begin the second half to extend a six-point halftime lead and took a 46-28 lead just four minutes into the second half. Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) scored nine of the team's points in that second half run, hitting a trio of three-point shot attempts in that span of time.

The Tornado grew their lead to a game-high 24 points deep into the contest, instigated by a defense that held the Cavs to 35 percent shooting from the field and 21.7 percent from beyond the arc. Conversely, King shot better than 44 percent from the field and a shade above 38 percent from distance in the win. Four King players took 10 shot attempts and all four hit on at least five of those, leaving all four to average 50 percent or better shooting for the night.

Hewitt led all King scorers with 17 points, 12 by way of three-pointers. He went 4-of-7 (.571) from three-point land and 6-for-10 (.600) shooting overall. He added three rebounds, three assists, and two steals to his line against the Cavs.

Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.), Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) and Logan Lyle all went 5-for-10 (.500) shooting from the field and all finished with 14 points on the night. Lyle, a product of Unicoi, Tenn., nailed four three-point shot attempts of his five makes and was one rebound short of his first career double-double, finishing with a team-best nine boards.

Piccinini went 5-for-10 (.500) shooting from the field, all two-point shots, but added four free throw makes from the line. The senior captain added four rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes played. Fortune matched Piccinini's performance from the field hitting 50 percent of his shots (5-for-10), three of which for three pointers. Brent Thomas (Elizabethton, Tenn.) equaled Lyle's rebounding performance with nine rebounds of his own as well as four points before fouling out. He also recorded the Tornado's lone block of the contest.

King outrebounded UVa-Wise, 44-39, and caused four more turnovers than they committed, scoring 21 of their points off 20 Cavs turnovers. Twenty-eight of the Tornado's points came from the bench with Lyle leading all non-starting scorers (14).

King improves to 2-1 on the young season and will begin a two-game stint in Jefferson City, Tenn. to play Tusculum (Nov. 18) and Carson-Newman (Nov. 19) for the second time. Both games are a part of the Dick Campbell Memorial Classic, hosted by Carson-Newman. Game time against the Buffaloes is set for 6:00 p.m. and the rematch against the Eagles will be at 4:00 p.m. King defeated Carson-Newman in their season opener, 79-75, at the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge at Lincoln Memorial University on Nov. 11.