Regional Rivalry Renewed, Tornado Host Buffaloes Tonight at 7pm


King Tornado

(6-2, 1-0 Conference Carolinas)


Milligan Buffaloes

(4-4, 0-2 AAC) 

Game notes
Live video 
Game 8  |  Dec. 7, 2011
Student Center Complex  |  Bristol, Tenn. 
Milligan website


To the chagrin of many around the program, King has overcome a decent sized roster turnover from a year ago and started their season with a commanding 6-2 record. Their losses include a tightly played game with Lincoln Memorial (Nov. 12), ranked fourth in the country at the time, and to Mountain State (Nov. 29), the defending NAIA Division I runners-up. They have won five of their last six games, including a big upset win over Limestone College who was ranked as the preseason favorite to finish atop the conference.

Senior Brian Hewitt was named the Conference Carolinas Male Basketball Player of the Week after posting up 32 points in an upset win against Limestone College on Nov. 29. In just one game, Hewitt convinced voters that his performance to help lead the Tornado to victory over the Saints was enough to garner him the honor for the second time this season. He also earned the award in Week 2. Against Limestone, Hewitt shot 80 percent from the field (12-for-15) and an unprecendented 77.7 percent from three-point range, hitting seven shots from deep. He also added three assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block.

King College Men's Basketball was voted to finish fifth in Conference Carolinas, according to the Preseason Coaches' Poll taken in mid-October. They were selected to finish second in the West Division, behind preseason favorite Limestone College. Ahead of King in the overall rankings are Limestone, Queens (N.C.), Barton and Mount Olive. 

The Tornado welcomed a new member to the coaching staff this offseason. Damon Johnson was named assistant coach in August, joining Nick Pasqua and Head Coach George Pitts on the staff. Johnson played for Pitts at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tenn. before he played three seasons at the University of Tennessee. He enjoyed a 10 year profession career playing overseas playing in various European leagues making stops in Spain and Iceland. He spent the last two years coaching in the Johnson City school district. 

King College will introduce live video with commentary on select games via the online home of King College Athletice - -- Video will be guaranteed for all home games and be offered FREE of charge through the Conference Carolinas video partner, America One Broadcasting. Video for away games will be dependant on the opponent. 

The Buffaloes have had their share of ups and down through eight games this season, standing with an overall record of 4-7. Most recently they have won two of their last three games, both against AAC opponents. In their last outing, they fell to Barber Scotia College (Concord, N.C.), 70-57. Kyle Grisby leads all Milligan scorers, averaging 13.7 points per game and serving as one of two threats from behind the arc for the Buffaloes. He has hit 60.9 percent of his threes, to date and has shot near 54 percent from the field. Jordan Cross is Milligan's next leading scorer (10.1 ppg) and is their main three-point threat. He has hit a team-high 21 threes on 36 attempts (.583) in just 14.6 minutes played per game. Cordero Seymore and Tyler DeVault are the big men down low, combining for 10.7 rebounds per game, 18 ppg and six blocks. Turnovers have been an issue for Milligan as they average 18.4 per game, though they do force turnovers at the same rate. The second half also seems to be the Buffaloes time to shine, offensively anyways. They have scored 256 first half points but outdo themselves in the second half with 328 points.

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