2013-14 Men's Basketball News

April 21, 2014
Durrett, Henry, Lyle named Conf Carolinas Scholar Athletes
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the conclusion of the winter sports season, Conference Carolinas has handed out their Winter Scholar Athletes of the Year. King University had three student-athletes earn the distinction for their respective sports, Bonnie Durrett for women’s basketball, Maegan Henry for women’s indoor track and field, and Logan Lyle in men’s basketball.

March 6, 2014
Limestone stymies Tornado offense in tournament final
CONCORD, N.C. – They say defense wins championships, and tonight in the championship of the Conference Carolinas Tournament powered by OrthoCarolina proved true as fourth-seed Limestone College defeated third-seed King University 69-54. The Saint defense suffocated the King shooters en route to the victory to take the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament.

March 5, 2014
Tornado top Barton, advance to tournament final
CONCORD, N.C. – For the second consecutive game, Logan Lyle had a career night for the King University men’s basketball team. The junior scored 18 of King’s first 20 points en route to matching his career-high in King’s 80-60 victory over second seed Barton College in the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament powered by OrthoCarolina. The Tornado now matchup with fourth seed Limestone College in tomorrow’s title game.

March 4, 2014
LeVeau, Lyle earned All-Conference Carolinas recognition
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the Conference Carolinas Tournament powered by OrthoCarolina about to get underway, the league handed out their season awards at Tuesday night’s banquet at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Hunter LeVeau was named the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the year as well as second team all-conference. Logan Lyle also garnered second team all-conference recognition.

March 1, 2014
Lyle's career-high leads King into CC semis
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their third matchup in three weeks’ time, and second this week, the third seeded King University men’s basketball team jumped on sixth seed North Greenville University early and never looked back as they took the Conference Carolinas Quarterfinal 96-73. Logan Lyle was deadly from three-point range as he only missed three triples on game en route to a career-high 30 points.

February 28, 2014
King hosts Conference Carolinas Quarterfinal contests
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Now that Conference Carolinas regular season play has concluded, the Conference Carolinas Basketball Tournament powered by OrthoCarolina matchups have been set. Both the King men’s and women’s basketball teams will both host quarterfinal contests on Saturday evening starting at 5:30 p.m.

February 27, 2014
King places 10 on basketball academic all-conference team
BRISTOL, Tenn. – As we near the end of basketball season awards start to be handed out, and Conference Carolinas released their academic all-conference teams on Thursday. The King University men’s basketball team placed three student-athletes on the team while the women had seven representatives.

February 26, 2014
King to host Conference Carolinas Quarterfinal games
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The calendar turns to March on Saturday, which means the college basketball season heats up. The King University men’s and women’s basketball teams will both host Conference Carolinas Tournament games in win-or-go-home contests Saturday night at the Student Center Complex.

February 25, 2014
LeVeau named TSWA Men's Basketball Player of the Week
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Last week may not have been the best of weeks for the King University men’s basketball team, but Hunter LeVeau earned recognition from the Tennessee Sports Writers’ Association for his performance. LeVeau averaged 21.0 points per game earning the TSWA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award.

February 25, 2014
Lyle's three-point play lifts King over North Greenville
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – In their final game of the regular season, the King University men’s basketball team was trying to end their three-game skid and enter the Conference Carolinas Tournament with a win under their belt. Logan Lyle gave the Tornado the win they were looking for as he converted a three-point play with four seconds left to lift King over North Greenville University 77-75 on Tuesday night.

February 22, 2014
Pfeiffer holds off second half rally tor upset
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Winning conference games is never easy, especially when teams see opponents for the second time late in the season. The King University men’s basketball still had a chance to take a share of the Conference Carolinas regular season title, but Pfeiffer University may have derailed those aspirations on Saturday at the Student Center Complex. The Falcons topped the Tornado 72-69, dropping King to third in the league standings with one game to play.

February 19, 2014
Late run vaults Belmont Abbey past King
BELMONT, N.C. – Conference games late in the season are never easy, especially when you are playing on the road, and the King University men’s basketball team faced a tough Belmont Abbey College team in their home gym on Wednesday night. The Tornado held a lead, and withstood a Crusader run in the first half, but King couldn’t hold off a Belmont Abbey run late in the game as the Crusaders topped the Tornado 89-84.

February 15, 2014
Limestone escapes Student Center with win
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a game where the King University men’s basketball team fought an uphill battle the entire way, the Tornado had the lead and a chance to win with 2:00 minutes remaining as they hosted Limestone College in the Student Center Complex. However, the Saints closed the contest on a 5-0 run to top the Conference Carolinas- leading Tornado 75-72 on Saturday afternoon.

February 14, 2014
Saturday's basketball DH to start at 2:00 p.m.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Due to all the winter weather that has impacted the Carolinas and the Tri Cities, tomorrow’s basketball doubleheader with Limestone College will now start with the women’s game at 2:00 p.m. The men’s game will follow at 4:00 p.m., in the Student Center Complex.

February 11, 2014
LeVeau earns first Conference Carolinas Player of the Week award
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following his stellar week, King University’s Hunter LeVeau has been selected as the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. LeVeau shot 60.0 percent from the floor and match his career-high with 27 points in King’s 115-95 win over the University of Mount Olive to keep the Tornado atop the conference standings.

February 10, 2014
Tornado escape with 86-85 win over North Greenville
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team fought off a comeback attempt for the ages by North Greenville University, holding on to win a hotly-contested 86-85 game that featured a 36-18 run by the Crusaders over the final 8:22. With the win, King’s lead over Barton College atop the Conference Carolinas standings stretches to a full game.

February 8, 2014
Watts' career night leads King past Mount Olive
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In one of the biggest games up to this point in the season, the King University men’s basketball team held on to the top spot in the Conference Carolinas standings. Behind the tenacity of Shamarae Watts, who set career-highs in points and rebounds, the Tornado topped the University of Mount Olive 115-95.

February 6, 2014
Free admission at King Community Appreciation Night Saturday
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University will host Community Appreciation Night on Saturday when the Tornado host the University of Mount Olive at the Student Center Complex. Admission will be free for all fans who want to take in the Conference Carolinas doubleheader.

February 5, 2014
Tornado run away from Flying Fleet in second half
BRISTOL, Tenn. – It’s not always how a team starts, but how they finish, and the King University men’s basketball team closed their game against Erskine College with a flurry of three-point baskets in the second half. The Tornado heated up from long range in the second frame to top the Flying Fleet 86-49 to remain atop the Conference Carolinas standings.

February 1, 2014
Barton shoots past King
WILSON, N.C. – Winning road games in conference play is always tough, and the King University men’s basketball team experienced that on Saturday night at Barton College. The Tornado topped the Bulldogs in the Student Center Complex earlier this month, but Barton turned the table on their home court, topping King 87-61.

January 29, 2014
Doubleheader with North Greenville is postponed
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University basketball doubleheader scheduled for tonight against North Greenville University has been postponed. Update: The doubleheader has been rescheduled for Monday, February 10. The women's game will tipoff at 5:30 and the men's game will follow at 7:30 p.m.

January 27, 2014
Hot-shooting Tornado top Lees-McRae
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The King University men’s basketball team may have had to wait a couple days to avenge their only Conference Carolinas loss, but the Tornado came out on fire at Lees-McRae College on Monday night. King connected on nearly half of their three-point baskets in their 91-68 win over the Bobcats.

January 21, 2014
King tops Belmont Abbey in another nail biter
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Another day, another close game for the King University men’s basketball team as they went blow-for-blow with Belmont Abbey College. The Tornado came away with another narrow Conference Carolinas win, topping Crusaders 75-71 in the Student Center Complex to stretch their winning streak to five games.

January 15, 2014
LeVeau's double-double leads King to win at Limestone
GAFFNEY, S.C. – The King University men’s basketball team continued their hot play of late, winning their fourth straight game in 2014. The Tornado traveled to Conference Carolinas foe Limestone College on Wednesday night and came away with an 82-76 victory behind Hunter LeVeau’s second double-double of the season.

January 11, 2014
King sneaks by Barton 70-69
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Fresh off a double overtime win on Wednesday, the King University men’s basketball team was locked in another tight affair on Saturday night when they hosted Barton College. Neither team led by more than seven points, and the score was tied nine times before Michael Fortune and C.J. Good iced the 70-69 win at the free throw line in the final seconds.

January 8, 2014
King escapes Mount Olive with double OT comeback win
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – In game that saw both teams have sizeable leads, the King University men’s basketball team came away with a tough fought road win at the University of Mount Olive. The Tornado saw their first half lead disappear, but closed the game on a 12-3 run to force overtime. The score remained tied after the first extra session before the Tornado took the 87-80 win to hand Mount Olive their first Conference Carolinas loss.

January 4, 2014
Tornado shoot the lights out in win at Pfeiffer
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The King University men’s basketball team opened 2014 in style as five scorers reached double figures and the Tornado made 21 three-point baskets at Pfeiffer University. The Tornado posted their best shooting output of the season in their 111-73 Conference Carolinas win over the Falcons.

December 21, 2013
USC Aiken outlasts King in 69-63 win
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In what was reminiscent of a heavyweight bout, the King University men’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with USC Aiken at the Student Center Complex on Saturday afternoon. The game went back-and-forth until the Pacers gained control of the game in the second half and took the narrow 69-63 from the Tornado.

December 17, 2013
UVa-Wise earns season sweep of King with 68-65 win
WISE, Va. – The King University men’s basketball team held a late lead, but the Cavaliers of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise closed the game on a 12-3 run to take a 68-65 victory over the Tornado in a nonconference basketball matchup. It was the second time this season that UVa-Wise has defeated the Tornado after the Cavaliers’ 74-64 victory in Bristol to open the season.

December 14, 2013
18 triples not enough as King falls at Johnson C. Smith
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The King University men’s basketball team continued their tough nonconference schedule on the road a Johnson C. Smith University on Saturday night. The Golden Bulls grabbed control of the game from the tip and held off a second half King rally en route to the 79-69 win.

December 11, 2013
Late run leads King to win at Tusculum
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team continued to play on the road and took a well-deserved win at Tusculum College. The Pioneers closed the gap to six points late in the second half, but the Tornado closed the game on a 14-1 run to take the 85-66 win.

December 7, 2013
Bobcats top King at the Student Center
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team finally returned home to the Student Center Complex after playing their last four games on the road. However, the friendly confines of the Student Center weren’t very friendly on Saturday night as the Tornado fell to Conference Carolinas rival Lees-McRae College 78-73.

December 4, 2013
King opens league play with win at Erskine
DUE WEST, S.C. – It may not always be pretty, but it doesn’t matter when it comes to winning conference games, especially on the road. The King University men’s basketball team made a 10 point halftime lead hold up as they hung on late to take a 61-52 win at Erskine College to open Conference Carolinas play.

November 30, 2013
#3 Knights outshoot Tornado
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – On the second day Bill Joergens Memorial Classic hosted by University of Southern Indiana, the King University men’s basketball team faced their second ranked team in as many nights, taking on #3 Bellarmine University. The Tornado stayed with the Knights most of the game, but ran out of gas late as the fell 84-71.

November 29, 2013
King falls at #14 Southern Indiana
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The King University men’s basketball team continued their tough schedule early in the season as they traveled to take on 14th ranked University of Southern Indiana on Friday night at the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic. The Tornado kept the game close in the first half, but in the end, the Screaming Eagles’ shooting and rebounding proved to be too much as they took the game 94-72.

November 23, 2013
Tornado take comeback win in first road test
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team faced their first road trip of the season and fell behind Trevecca Nazarene University early in the first half. However, the Tornado came back and turned a two point halftime lead into an 83-67 win.

November 16, 2013
#15 Railsplitters escape Student Center with narrow win
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a game that lived up to its billing, the King University men’s basketball team dropped a highly contested game with 15th ranked Lincoln Memorial University. Hunter LeVeau poured in a career-high 27 points, but it was a pair of Railsplitter runs that proved the difference as they took the game 86-80.

November 13, 2013
Records fall as King rolls past Mars Hill
BRISTOL, Tenn. – It was a record setting night at the Student Center Complex as the King University men’s basketball team defeated Mars Hill University 131-69. The Tornado set King school records for three-point makes and attempts while coming within two points of the school record.

November 10, 2013
Tornado drop season opener to UVa-Wise
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team opened the season with home game against UVa-Wise at the Student Center Complex. After King scored the game’s first basket, the Cavalier defense clamped down and withstood a late Tornado run as UVa-Wise took the 74-64 victory.

November 6, 2013
King ready to tipoff 2013-14 season
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The expectations for the King University men’s basketball team are always high, but this season they might be higher than they have been in the past. Earlier this fall, the Tornado were selected first in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches’ Poll, leaving high expectations for George Pitts’ squad this season.

November 2, 2013
Tornado defeat Wasps in exhibition
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team took an 89-61 win over Emory & Henry College in an exhibition contest at the Student Center Complex on Saturday night. The Tornado open the regular season on Sunday, November 10 at home against UVa-Wise. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. In the Student Center Complex.

October 15, 2013
Tornado selected first in CC Preseason Poll
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Basketball season is right around the corner as practice starts today, and King University men’s basketball team was selected first in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Tornado received four first place votes to edge out Limestone College and Barton College for the top spot.