Men's Basketball


Tornado shoot past Belmont Abbey

Photo credit: Ashlyn Zook
Photo credit: Ashlyn Zook

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.

King (22-5, 16-3 CC) held a 21-9 lead over the Crusaders when they opened the game up midway through the first half. Logan Lyle sparked the 12-0 run with back-to-back three-point baskets before James Scales hit a pair of free throws. Hunter LeVeau then capped the spurt with another trifecta, giving King a 33-12 lead with eight minutes left in the half.

The Tornado then scored seven straight points to open up a 47-19 lead. Lyle had a bucket on the spurt while Scales made back-to-back shots for King. C.J. Good capped the first half scoring with a pair of three-point baskets, his fourth and fifth of the half, around a Shamarae Watts fastbreak layup to give King a 60-26 lead at halftime.

The Crusaders  (2-25, 1-18 CC) came out in the second half and cut their deficit to 26 three minutes into the second half before LeVeau drilled back-to-back triples to extend the King lead. The Tornado held their lead around 30 points for the remainder of the contest until Nathanael Hughes hit consecutive triples, giving King their largest lead of the game, 43 points at 102-59 with three minutes remaining as King took the contest 104-64.

King shot a blistering 58.3 percent (35-for-60) from the floor and 51.3 percent from three-point range. For the third time this season, the Tornado made at least 20 three-point baskets, going 20-for-39 from long range. The Crusaders shot 42.9 percent from the floor and 29.2 percent from long range.

Good led five scorers in double figures with a career-high 23 points while LeVeau and Lyle followed with 15 points apiece. Watts and Mikquell Jackson scored 10 each to round out the double figure scorers for King. Watts snared a team-high six rebounds while Calvin Walker dished out eight assists.

King closes out the regular season on Tuesday when they host rival Lees-McRae College at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Complex. It will also be senior day for the Tornado.