Men's Basketball


Fortune Leads King Past Pioneers, 81-70

Fortune Leads King Past Pioneers, 81-70
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Junior Michael Fortune scored 27 points to lead King College past the Tusculum Pioneers, 81-70, on Friday night at the Dick Campbell Memorial Classic. The Tornado improve to 2-1 overall on the season with the win and will face host Carson-Newman College on Saturday in the final day of the tournament.


Fortune led all scorers with 27 points, backed by shooting 90 percent (9-for-10) from the free throw line. The Beckley, W.Va. native shot just under 50 percent from the field, going 7-for-15 and hitting on four three-point shot attempts against Tusculum. He also added six rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes played.

King (3-1) held a one point advantage over Tusculum (0-3), 38-37. The Pioneers tied the game at 43 five minutes into the second half but a steal and three-point knockdown by Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) began the Tornado breakaway.

The defense held true shortly after Hewitt's three when Lio Gideon (Marsh Harbor, Bahamas) made a key block down low and a steal by Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) immediately after helped the game remain in a three point standstill for over two minutes. A pair of converted free throws by Hewitt and a score off of a Tusculum turnover extended the Tornado lead to seven points with less than nine minutes remaining. The Pioneers never got closer than eight points to King before Fortune scored the final three points to make it an 11-point lead, guiding the Tornado to a win.

Hewitt finished with 17 points, nine coming from behind the arc. He shot 3-for-5 from distance and 5-for-9 overall. He made four steals, three rebounds and added a team-high five assists.

The Tornado had four players score in double digits. Freshman Logan Lyle matched Hewitt's 17 points and field goal shooting marks (5-for-9) and was perfect from the free throw line in six attempts. Captain Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) was the final Tornado player to finish in double figures with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

King will play host Carson-Newman on Saturday, Nov. 19 on the final day of the Dick Campbell Memorial Classic from the Holt Fieldhouse. Tipoff is set for 4:00 p.m. between the Tornado and Eagles. King and Carson-Newman have already played one another this season in each team's season opener at Lincoln Memorial University. In that game, King defeated C-N 79-75.