BRISTOL, Tenn. – Teams that win the regular season conference championship and earn the top seed will usually get their opponent's best shot, and that's what the King University men's basketball team got from eighth seed North Greenville University on Tuesday night. The Tornado could not pull away from the Crusaders, but C.J. Good poured in a career-high 32 points, leading the top seeded Tornado to the 71-56 Conference Carolinas Tournament victory.
FINAL SCORE: No. 1 King 71, No. 8 North Greenville 56
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 23-6; North Greenville 11-18
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Good started his day with seven points in the first three minutes following a Crusader triple. On the run, the junior tallied a pair of layups and a triple.
- Following the initial surge, King later scored five straight points, capped by a Good triple to take a 17-8 lead six minutes in.
- Mack Owens gave King a 22-15 lead with a layup before the Crusaders started to come back.
- North Greenville scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a 26-24 lead with nine minutes remaining in the first half.
- James Scales and Hunter LeVeau followed with back-to-back buckets, putting King back on top.
- The score was tied once more before Drew Standifer converted a jump shot and Good converted an old fashioned three-point play.
- King scored six of the final nine points of the first half to take a 39-33 lead into halftime.
- Good didn't cool down in the second half, hitting a triple to open the frame for the Tornado, giving King a 44-33 lead.
- Standifer drilled a triple, and Owens made a free throw to give King a 53-40 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
- From that point on, the Tornado answered every time the Crusaders tried to make a run as Good iced the 71-56 win with a pair of free throws in the final minute.
- Good poured in a game-high 32 points on 7-for-18 shooting from three, going 11-for-23 from the floor. He also snared a career-high six rebounds.
- Scales followed with nine points and five assists.
- The Tornado defense held the second best shooting team in Conference Carolinas to a 37.9 field goal percentage, including a 32.0 percentage in the second half.
FOR THE FOES
- Korval McElroy led North Greenville with 12 points and seven rebounds.
- Miguel Cartagena added 11 points and Troy Blyden chipped in with 10 points.
- Jai Jencks grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- For Good, the 32 points sets a new career-high, breaking his previous mark of 31 that he set earlier this year at the University of Mount Olive.
- The win moves top seeded King into the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals where they will face fourth seed Mount Olive.
- As the top seed, King will host the semifinals and finals on Saturday and Sunday.
- King split the season series against Mount Olive, falling at Mount Olive and taking an 85-50 win in the Student Center Complex.
- The second semifinal game will be between second seed Barton College and sixth seed Limestone College. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
- King will take on Mount Olive on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.