2014-15 Men's Basketball News

February 24, 2015
King closes regular season with win over Lees-McRae
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Having already locked up the second seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the King University men’s basketball team still faced a tough challenge to close out the regular season, facing rival Lees-McRae College. The Tornado got the near sellout crowd into the action early, scoring the game’s first 11 points. However, the victory wouldn’t come easy as the home standing Tornado held off a late Bobcat rally to take the game 106-93.

February 21, 2015
Tornado shoot past Belmont Abbey
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Having already locked up the second seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the King University men’s basketball team scored early and often at Belmont Abbey College on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado eclipsed the 100-point mark for the third time this season, and shot a season-best 58.3 percent from the floor in their 104-64 victory.

February 20, 2015
Tornado ranked 7th in first NCAA Regional Rankings
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time since their first season in NCAA Division II, 2011-12, the King University men’s basketball team is ranked in the NCAA’s Regional Rankings. The first rankings of the year came out on Wednesday, and the Tornado are ranked seventh in the Southeast Region.

February 19, 2015
King downs Limestone behind Martin's career high
BRISTOL, Tenn. – A very slow start was quick to change as the King University men’s basketball team held a significant lead at halftime over the Saints of Limestone College. Brandon Martin came up big for the Tornado tallying a new career-high of 14 points in the Conference Carolinas contest as King would go on to defeat Limestone 80-50.

February 17, 2015
Basketball doubleheader against Limestone pushed back
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the winter weather moving through the southeast, Wednesday's basketball doubleheader between King University and Limestone College has been pushed back once again. Instead of the 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. tipoff scheduled for Thursday afternoon, the King women will take on the third-ranked Saints at 4:30 p.m. and the men to follow at 6:30 p.m.

February 14, 2015
King matches NCAA record with zero in win over SWU
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Looking to reach 20 wins with a couple games left to play, the King University men’s basketball team did exactly that against Southern Wesleyan University. Logan Lyle’s eight triples powered the Torando past the Warriors 94-72 while four scorers reached double-figures.

February 12, 2015
King hosts Family Day, Play 4 Kay this week
BRISTOL, Tenn. – If you haven’t come to the Student Center Complex to see the King University basketball teams play you are running out of time. This week is the perfect time to bring the family to see the Tornado as Saturday, February 14 is Family Day! Then next week, on Wednesday, February 18 King will host their annual Play for Kay game, raising money for breast cancer awareness.

February 11, 2015
Tornado cruise to win over Erskine
BRISTOL, Tenn. – A little home cooking may have been just what the doctor ordered for the King University men’s basketball team as they returned home on Wednesday evening. The Tornado posted their best shooting percentage in nearly a month in their 88-50 victory over Erskine College in the Student Center Complex, shooting 56.1 percent from the floor.

February 7, 2015
Lions use late run to top King 72-64
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The King University men’s basketball team took to the road to face a tough Emmanuel College team on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado got off to a hot start, extended their lead early, and held off a late first half Lion run. However, King couldn’t hold off second half run from Emmanuel as the Lions took the Conference Carolinas tilt 72-64.

February 5, 2015
Lyle garners Capital One Academic All-District honors
BRISTOL, Tenn. – He is already one of the most prolific three-point shooters in the country, but Logan Lyle also excels in the classroom. The senior became the first Tornado men’s basketball player to be selected to the Capital One Academic All-District first team when the award was announced on Thursday.

February 3, 2015
Lyle's late triple propels King to win at Lees-McRae
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The King University men’s basketball team may have gotten off to an auspicious start at Lees-McRae College on Tuesday night, but the Tornado were able to refocus and take the come-from-behind win. The contest was tied with less than three minutes left when Logan Lyle drilled a three-point basket to give King the lead for good as they escaped with an 82-76 victory.

January 31, 2015
King sinks 19 triples, tops Trevecca Nazarene 85-68
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball got back into the win column on Saturday afternoon by using the three-ball in an 85-68 nonconference win over Trevecca Nazarene University. The Tornado sank 19 triples, which included seven from the nation’s active career leader, Logan Lyle who poured in a game-high 24 points.

January 28, 2015
Tornado fall to Pfeiffer in overtime
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team got off to an auspicious start when they hosted Pfeiffer University in the Student Center Complex on Wednesday night. The Tornado worked their way back and the teams went back-and-forth over the final 25 minutes until the score remained tied at the end of regulation. However, the Falcons outscored King in the extra session to take the contest 76-73.

January 27, 2015
Lyle selected TSWA Player of the Week
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Senior men’s basketball player Logan Lyle has been having a solid year, and on Tuesday he was named Men’s Basketball Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association. Lyle led King to a 2-1 week, averaging 20.0 points and 5.3 rebound per game.

January 24, 2015
King bounces back with win at Barton
WILSON, N.C. – Coming off their first loss in more than a month, the King University men’s basketball team responded with a solid road performance at Barton College. Senior Logan Lyle led King to the 100-81 win over the Bulldogs as he matched a season-high with 25 points to get King back in the win column.

January 23, 2015
Comeback comes up short as King falls at #16 Mount Olive
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Playing on the road in conference play is never easy, and the King University men’s basketball team knew they were in for a battle when they traveled to #16 University on Mount Olive on Friday night. The Tornado jumped ahead early, but saw the Trojans open up a sizable lead in the second half. King came back in front of a packed Kornegay Arena, but couldn’t grab the lead as the Trojans escaped with the 87-78 victory.

January 19, 2015
Tornado win ninth straight, top Emmanuel 69-57
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Playing their second game in as many days, the King University men’s basketball team faced Conference Carolinas top defensive team in terms of points allowed in Emmanuel College. The first half was a struggle offensively for the Tornado, but King fond their three-point shot in the second half, taking the hard fought 69-57 victory.

January 17, 2015
Tornado storm past Belmont Abbey behind 21 triples
BRISTOL, Tenn. – A quick start for the King University men’s basketball team helped them earn a win over Belmont Abbey College in a Conference Carolinas matchup in the Student Center. In the game, the Tornado blew by the Crusaders behind Logan Lyle’s 25 points and the team’s 21 three-point baskets.

January 14, 2015
King hosts National Guard and First Responder Nights this week
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s and women’s basketball teams have been playing well of late, and the Tornado would like to invite you to come see them in action this weekend! On Saturday, January 17, all National Guard members and their family members will be admitted to both the men’s and women’s games for free with their military ID. Monday, January 19 is First Responders Night, where police officers, fire fighters and EMT’s, and their families will receive free admission for themselves and their families.

January 13, 2015
Good's 22 pushes King by Southern Wesleyan
CENTRAL, S.C. – The King University men’s basketball team looked to go without a loss in just under one month’s time as they traveled to Conference Carolinas opponent Southern Wesleyan University. C.J. Good and his 22 points helped lead the Tornado to their seventh straight win over the Warriors, 87-62.

January 10, 2015
Triples lead King past North Greenville
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team couldn’t have gotten off to a much better start at North Greenville University as three-point baskets were falling early and often. However, the second half was a defensive struggle as King stayed undefeated in Conference Carolinas play with the 82-72 victory.

January 7, 2015
Stifling defense leads King to win at Erskine
DUE WEST, S.C. – Coming off back-to-back home wins over the weekend, the King University men’s basketball team took to the road to face Erskine College. The Tornado offense was on fire early behind Logan Lyle how poured in a season-high 22 points. King pushed their winning streak to five games, and stayed undefeated in Conference Carolinas with the 72-49 victory.

January 4, 2015
King outscores Barton behind six scores in double figures
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball was riding high coming off their win on national television on Saturday, but the Tornado were in for a challenge on Sunday when they faced Barton College in the Student Center Complex. However, King was able to come away with a 111-95 victory thanks to their stellar shooting. The Tornado made 33 free throws and shot over 50.0 percent from the field for the second straight contest.

January 3, 2015
Scales' career day lifts King over #18 Mount Olive on CBS Sports Network
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In something that was new to King University, the King men's basketball team played a game that was broadcast live on national television. King and #18 University of Mount Olive treated the viewers that tuned in to CBS Sports Network to a show in the Student Center Complex on Saturday afternoon. Both teams held leads of more than 10 points as King closed the contest on a 53-23 run to stay undefeated in Conference Carolinas with the 91-73.

December 30, 2014
King hosts #18 Mount Olive Saturday on CBS Sports Network
The King University men’s basketball team will have had nearly two weeks off by the time they take on 18th-ranked University of Mount Olive on Saturday. The contest not is significant in the Conference Carolinas standings, but the game will also be aired live on CBS Sports Network, the first time King University has ever hosted an athletic event to be broadcast on national television.

December 21, 2014
Pressure defense leads King past Johnson C. Smith
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team turned what was a tight contest in the first half into a 17-point victory behind a solid defensive pressure. The Tornado received 20-point efforts from both C.J. Good and Logan Lyle as King goes into the Christmas break with a 93-76 win over Johnson C. Smith University.

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.