Home Court Advantage = Senior Night Success 87-72
Bristol, Tenn.- With the stands already packed from an exciting women's game the King University Tornado (19-7, 14-6 CC) set out with a tough task of not letting down the crowd. King hosted North Greenville University (10-16, 5-15 CC), who had handed them an early season loss on the road in Tigerville.
During the last meeting the North Greenville Crusaders used home court advantage to upset King 63 to 55. King was looking to avenge the loss at North Greenville. With the stakes set even higher, King was looking to keep their undefeated home streak alive on an emotional senior night. This game was Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Florida) and Jason Seymour's (Powell, Tenn.) last scheduled home game of their careers at King University. They both wanted to make it a memorable one.
As the last few seconds ticked off the warm up clock, the game about to begin, the stands full of students, parents, King employees, and fans. The game started close neither team finding any edge. Through the first portion of the first period, King had a three point lead by the help of four three point field goals made by Seymore, Scottie Hendricks (Radford, Va.), and two by Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.). With 8:53 to go in the first half, Tyshawn Patterson (Orlando, Florida) tied it up for the last time sinking a three. After this 20-20 tie, King went on a 17-0 run. King went into half time with a twenty-point lead.
The second half was won by North Greenville, but not by enough to come away with the victory. North Greenville's Patterson dominated putting up 31 points along with five steals. North Greenville also had two other players in double digits, Chris Dean (Greer, SC.) and Keith Johnson (Hopkins, SC.) both with 11 points.
King was lead in scoring by Lyle with 25 points from a sharp 7 for 13 from three point range. King had two others in double digits also; Seymore had 14 points with 11 rebounds and Hendricks with 12 points shooting 4 of 6 from threes. Michael Fortune (Beckley, W. Va.) ended the game with nine assists.
This win extended King's home undefeated win streak to 12 wins in a row. King finished the regular season 19-7 overall and third place in Conference Carolinas with a 14-6 record. This was a successful senior night for the two seniors that ended their final regular season game with a victory that places them a little closer to returning to the NCAA Division II regional tournament. King will open up Conference Carolinas tournament play Monday, February 4th in the Student Center at 7 pm vs Erskine.