Lyle Leads Tornado Past Crusaders, 80-67
BRISTOL, Tenn. –King Tornado Men's Basketball remain undefeated in Conference Carolinas games after their 80-67 win over Belmont Abbey College Saturday night inside the Student Center Complex. Logan Lyle scored a team-high 21 points, all by way of three-point makes, in the team's win. Jason Seymore helped the Tornado improve to 10-1 overall with his fifth double-double of the season.
Belmont Abbey (8-4, 1-3) began the game strongly after starting out on a 6-0 run when Terrone Sheffey hit a three to start the game followed by Tyshawn Good's layup inside the first minute of play. The lead was short lived when King responded by scoring the next 10 points in succession to take a 10-6 advantage. Freshman Drew Standifer (Knoxville, Tenn.) began the run with a short jumper and was followed by junior Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) knocking down the next five King points. Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) capped off the run with his first of seven three pointers.
King (10-1, 5-0) built its lead to double digits with just over five minutes to go in the first half when freshman Aaron Wheeler (Morristown, Tenn.) created a turnover and took the ball all the way back for a dunk that put King up 31-21. Lyle continued to hit his stroke hitting another three ball to extend the lead to 13 points. Freshman Malcolm St. Louis (Lebanon, Tenn.) scored King's final four points of the half to build King's lead to 17 points and took a 44-29 lead into halftime.
Logan Lyle and senior Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) came out of the locker room to hit threes in consecutive possessions to extend their lead to a game-high 19 points, 50-31. A trio of turnovers allowed Belmont Abbey to cut into the lead, 50-38, but Piccinini helped bat down the rally with five points over a 48-second span to build the lead back to 17 points.
The Crusaders' Chris Davis scored six of the team's next eight points over a 9-0 run to bring the lead back to under 10 points, 59-50, with under 10 minutes to go. Lyle helped stopped the Belmont Abbey rally and turned an eight point led to 14, 79-65, with his six and seventh three pointers of the night in consecutive possessions. King held on to their lead over the final 1:25 to take home an 80-67 victory to remain undefeated in conference, 5-0.
Lyle missed tying his season-high point total (22) by one point after posting 21 points against the Crusaders. All 21 points came from three-point attempts, having gone 7-for-12 from behind the arc.
Three King players scored 10 or more points on the evening, including senior Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) who finished with his fifth double-double of the year and second in as many games. Seymore followed up his game of perfection (10-10 FG) against No. 15 Barton with 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting and 11 rebounds. He added four assists, one block, and one steal. Also joining him in double-digit point totals was Eddie Piccinini with 16 points.
Tyshawn Good of Belmont Abbey led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-21 shooting. Chris Davis recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tornado defense held the Crusader bench scoreless. Among the five reserves that entered the game, the group shot a combined 0-for-8 from the field.
With King's win and Limestone losing to No. 15 Barton earlier in the evening, the Tornado are now the last remaining undefeated team in conference play. Both Coker and Limestone are now 4-1 while Barton is 3-1. They will play at Erskine on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. before returning to the Student Center Complex on Saturday, Jan. 12, when they host the Pfeiffer Falcons.