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.
The Tornado (1-1) made it rain from three-point range, cashing in on 27 of their 51 attempts from long range for a 52.9 percentage. Logan Lyle went 7-for-14 from long range while freshman C.J. Good connected on six of his 12 attempts from deep in the game. Scottie Hendricks drained five of his seven shots from three, and Hunter LeVeau went 4-for-6 from three and 8-for-10 from the floor for 22 points. The previous record for triples in game was 20, which was accomplished twice during the 2011-12 season, and the previous record for attempts was 45 on February 6, 2010 against Virginia Intermont College.
King was also within two points of a 43 year old record of 133 points in a game and had seven scorers reach double figures in points. LeVeau and Lyle led the team with 22 points apiece while Brandon Crompton and Good followed with 18 points each. Hendricks tallied 17 points, and Shamarae Watts and Drew Standifer rounded out the group with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
King also dished out 27 assists, their most since handing out 35 dimes against Hiwassee February 23, 2011. Michael Fortune and Calvin Walker lead the Tornado with seven helpers apiece while James Scales dished out five assists.
The Tornado started the game with three straight triples from Lyle, LeVeau and Crompton to gain a 9-0 lead and force a Mars Hill (0-2) timeout in the first minute. The Lions cut their deficit to four points on three occasions, but could never get any closer as King's shooting proved to be too much. The Tornado extended their lead to as many as 23 points in the first half, and Lyle beat the halftime buzzer to give King a 58-36 advantage at halftime.
In the first half, King went 10-for-23 from three-point range while going 22-for-43 from the floor. The offense picked up in the second half, going 23-for-40 from the floor, and 17-for-28 in the second half to set the school record for triples.
Behind the stellar three-point shooting, King stretched their lead to as many as 64 points in the final minute before taking the game 131-69 to earn their first victory of the season. In the game, King shot 54.2 percent from the floor, going 45-for-83.
King's 73 points in the second half and seven scorers in double figures are believed to be school records, based on available information.
LeVeau added a team-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Watts followed him with eight boards while Crompton and Lyle grabbed six rebounds apiece.
King will be in action again on Saturday when they host Lincoln Memorial University who is ranked 15th in country according the NABC poll. Tipoff from the Student Center Complex is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.