2014-15 Men's Basketball News

December 19, 2014
King to honor Coach Pitts on January 3
BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Thursday night at UVa-Wise, history was made as King University head men’s basketball coach George Pitts won his 1,000th career game. King will recognize the achievement prior to their contest on January 3 when they face the University of Mount Olive in a game that will air on CBS Sports Network.

December 18, 2014
Pitts earns his 1,000th win as King tops UVa-Wise
WISE, Va. – It may have taken an extra game, but King University men’s basketball head coach George Pitts earned his 1,000th career win on Thursday night at UVa-Wise. The Tornado turned in one of their best shooting performances of the season in the 88-49 win, giving Pitts the milestone victory.

December 16, 2014
Marshall tops King in exhibition contest
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The King University men’s basketball team jumped out of regular season play to face NCAA Division I foe Marshall University in an exhibition contest. The Tornado stayed with the Thundering Herd until late in the second half when Marshall pulled away to take a 90-76 win.

December 13, 2014
Tornado drop slugfest in overtime at USC Aiken
AIKEN, S.C. – The King University men’s basketball team traveled to take on southeast regional rival USC Aiken on Saturday, and the contest went as expected with neither team leading by more than seven points and both teams withstanding runs from the other. The game was tied at halftime, and at the end of regulation, and the Tornado held an 85-81 lead in overtime, but the Pacers came back by scoring seven of the game’s final nine points to take the contest 88-87.

December 9, 2014
King never trails in win over Tusculum
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Playing Tusculum College for the second time this year, the King University men’s basketball team wasted no time lighting up the scoreboard as the grabbed the lead on the game’s first possession and didn’t look back. The Tornado placed four scorers in double figures as Logan Lyle led King to the 91-52 nonconference victory.

December 6, 2014
Tornado come away with 78-73 overtime win at Limestone
GAFFNEY, S.C. – What was a defensive struggle in the first half turned in to an offense battle in the second half on Saturday night when the King University men’s basketball team traveled to take on Limestone College. The Saints came back in the second half, but King had an answer each time, and after Limestone sent the game to overtime. King used a 9-0 run in the extra session to take the contest 78-73.

December 1, 2014
Team effort lifts King over UVa-Wise
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team returned to action after the Thanksgiving break with a vengeance on Monday night in the Student Center Complex when they face UVa-Wise. The Tornado played well on both ends of the floor, and used a 10-0 run early in the first half to gain control en route to the 85-45 victory.

November 25, 2014
King holds on for 86-75 win at Pfeiffer
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The King University men’s basketball team showed nearly no rust early from their weeklong layoff when they traveled to take on Conference Carolinas foe Pfeiffer University. The Tornado opened up a 25 point lead in the middle of the second half only to see the Falcons come back and make things interesting. However, King was able to fend off the comeback attempt at the free throw line, taking the league contest 86-75.

November 19, 2014
King's suffocating defense leads to win over North Greenville
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The saying goes, “defense wins championships,” and on Wednesday night in the Student Center Complex, the King University men’s basketball team used their defense to cruise to an 82-62 win over North Greenville University in the Conference Carolinas opener for both squads. King forced five turnovers on North Greenville’s first six possessions to jump out to a lead, and didn’t look back behind a balanced scoring attack.

November 15, 2014
#23 LMU holds off late King rally
HARROGATE, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team took the court again, their second game in less than 24 hours. This time, the Tornado faced off against #23 Lincoln Memorial University. King led at half time but a second half surge from the Railsplitters handed King their first loss of the early season, 70-63.

November 14, 2014
King cruises to win over Tusculum behind Jackson's 20
HARROGATE, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team traveled to Lincoln Memorial University to open the season against Tusculum College. King started slow but was able to turn everything around cruising to an 81-61 win over the Pioneers, starting their season off on the right note.

November 13, 2014
Veteran Tornado squad picked third in CC Preseason Poll
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In three years as Conference Carolinas members, the King University men’s basketball team hasn’t finished lower than third in the league, or one game out of first place, and the Tornado don’t expect that to change in 2014-15. As head coach George Pitts teams usually do, the 2014-15 version of the Tornado are expected to shoot the three well again this season after leading all of NCAA Division II a season ago.

October 14, 2014
King to host Mount Olive on CBS Sports Network national broadcast
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time in school history, King University will have a game broadcast on national television. The men’s basketball game on Saturday, January 3 when King hosts Conference Carolinas foe the University of Mount Olive will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network as well as NCAA.com and on the NCAA Sports mobile app.

July 21, 2014
Pitts announces 2014 recruiting class
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the new school year fast approaching, teams are wrapping up the recruiting classes and rounding out their rosters for the upcoming season. King University men’s basketball head coach George Pitts and his staff signed three student-athletes, Darerraul Jackson, Derick Pope and Alex Overs who will don the Scarlet and Navy this fall.