MISENHEIMER, N.C. – In what was expected to be a high scoring affair, the fourth seeded King University men's basketball team stunned top seed Pfeiffer University in the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals. The Tornado used an 11-0 at the beginning of the second half to gain separation, and Hunter LeVeau grabbed an offense rebound and made a layup with 0.1 seconds remaining to give King the 100-98 victory.
FINAL SCORE: No. 4 King 100, No. 1 Pfeiffer 98
LOCATION: Merner Gym, Misenheimer, N.C.
RECORDS: King 19-11; Pfeiffer 26-4
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Malcolm St. Louis tried to get the Tornado offense going on their first offensive possession with a dunk, and LeVeau made three free throws on the next possession to give King a 5-3 lead in the early going.
- However, Pfeiffer answered with a 10-2 run to open up a 13-7 lead three minutes in.
- King came back and took a 15-14 lead on one of his two triples in the first half.
- Pfeiffer tried to gain separation, hitting back-to-back triples to break a tie at 18, but Jordan Floyd answered with a trifecta.
- However, the Falcons extended their lead to 29-21 with another three-point basket and a pair of free throws.
- Trailing 36-28, King scored five straight points, cutting their deficit to 36-33 with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
- Pfeiffer earned their largest lead of the first half at 50-41 following a pair of three-point baskets, but King closed the final 2:22 of the first half on a 10-4 run.
- St. Louis started the spurt with an old fashioned three-point play and LeVeau connected on his second trifecta of the first half to beat the buzzer and cut the King deficit to 54-53 at the half.
- That triple from LeVeau was the turning point in the contest as King started the second half on an 11-0, making the burst 14-0 in all.
- Following a pair of Floyd free throws, Derick Pope and C.J. Good drilled three-point baskets, forcing a Pfeiffer timeout as King led 61-54.
- Floyd capped the spurt, giving King a 64-54 lead two minutes into the half.
- Pope later threw down a dunk, stretching the Tornado advantage, and LeVeau gave King their largest advantage of the game at 75-63 with a triple with 14 minutes remaining.
- Pfeiffer started to chip away at their deficit and used a 7-0 run to cut the Tornado advantage to 81-78, but St. Louis and Good answered with back-to-back layups.
- Mike Smith drilled a triple with 1:50 remaining to give Pfeiffer a 94-92, but that lead was short lived as LeVeau answered with a three-point basket nine seconds later to vault the Tornado back ahead.
- Following another Falcon bucket, Good drilled a trifecta, putting King ahead 98-96 with 1:10 left.
- A.J. Clark evened the tally at 98 with a jump shot from the middle of the lane with eight seconds remaining.
- King pushed the ball up the court, and a three-point shot attempt came up short in the final five seconds, but LeVeau was on the spot for the Tornado.
- He collected the rebound and made a reverse layup from under the basket to put King ahead 100-98 with 0.1 seconds remaining.
- The final attempt for Pfeiffer was off the mark as King took the contest 100-98.
- Floyd and LeVeau led six King scorers in double figures with 17 points apiece. Floyd added five assists.
- Good followed with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.
- St. Louis added 15 points and nine rebounds.
- Pope and Je'Don Young chipped in with 11 points apiece.
FOR THE FOES
- Josh Calhoun led Pfeiffer with 31 points and five assists.
- Smith added 19 points and Clark added 17 points.
- Andrew Guerrero chipped in with 15 points and five rebounds while Keith Jumper snared 12 rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King advanced to the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game for the second consecutive season. The Tornado defeated Barton College a season ago at home.
- King will take on second seed Limestone College in the championship game. King dropped a 78-75 contest at Limestone and defeated the Saints 96-89 at home.
- The buzzer beater in the Conference Carolinas Tournament for LeVeau was the second of his career. In 2014-15 he drilled a triple as time expired to give King win over Limestone.
- King placed six scorers in double figures for the third time this season, the last came on February 15 at Lees-McRae College. It is also the fifth time King has had at least five scorers in double figures.
- King will be in action on Sunday in the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game against second seeded Limestone College. Tipoff from Misenheimer is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.