Hot-shooting Tornado top Lees-McRae

Photo Credit: Rachel Burrus

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.

The Tornado (10-8, 7-1 CC) didn't waste any time getting on the board as Scottie Hendricks hit a triple only 10 seconds into the game. However, Lees-McRae (6-12, 1-7 CC) came right back and scored seven straight points to take the lead before King started to heat up from long range. Dorian Albritton connected from three to give King an 11-9 lead four minutes in.

With the Tornado trailing 14-13, Logan Lyle drained his first of six first half triples, and was fouled. He converted the four-point play to give the Tornado a 17-14 lead six minutes into the game. The Bobcats cut the deficit to two, and by three, but Lyle had an answer from three on each occasion. He nailed back-to-back triples to stretch the King lead to 32-23 with just more than nine minutes left in the half.

The Tornado then began to slowly extend their lead and Hunter LeVeau gave the King a 46-32 with consecutive triples, the second coming with 4:51 left in the first frame. Lyle followed LeVeau's second three-point basket with another, and King led 49-32. The lead grew to 19 following a pair of Drew Standifer free throws, and King led 53-35 at halftime.

King shot 55.9 percent from the floor, and 52.4 percent from three in the first half while holding the Bobcats to 42.3 and 30.0 percent.

The Tornado didn't slow down in the second half as C.J. Good started to heat up. Nearly five minutes in he drilled his first triple of the half to stretch the Tornado lead back to 17 points. Following a LeVeau layup, Good connected on consecutive three-point baskets to stretch King's lead to 68-46 with 13:29 remaining. Lyle followed with a layup that gave him a career-high 28 points with an assist to Michael Fortune.

King stretched their lead to 31 points following three straight three-point baskets by Good, Fortune and Hendricks, the last one coming with just more than 10 minutes remaining to give King a 79-48 advantage. The Bobcats cut into the King lead, but never got closer than 23 points the rest of the way as King took the game 91-68.

The Tornado shot 50.0 percent from the floor, and 48.7 percent from three while holding the Bobcats to 36.7 percent from the floor and 26.3 percent from long range.

Lyle led King with a career-high 28 points, 24 coming in the first half. Lyle went 10-for-16 from the floor, including 6-for-10 from three-point range. Good followed with 17 points, and LeVeau chipped in with 15. Lyle and LeVeau each snared a team-high six rebounds.

King is scheduled to host North Greenville University on Wednesday night at the Student Center Complex. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.