BANNER ELK, N.C. – The King University men's basketball team opened the season with a 101-94 victory over regional rival Tusculum College behind a career night from Jordan Floyd. Floyd poured in 23 points in the first half, and ended the contest with 34 points to lead King to the victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 101, Tusculum 94
LOCATION: Williams Gymnasium; Banner Elk, N.C.
RECORDS: King 1-0; Tusculum 0-1
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Floyd set the tone from the onset as he drilled a triple in the opening minute, giving King the lead.
- The Tornado didn't look back in the first half, opening up a 22-12 advantage eight minutes in following a Timothy Taylor free throw.
- Floyd stretched the Tornado advantage to 45-29 with a pair of free throws with five minutes left in the first half. The free throws gave him 23 points in the opening stanza, setting his career-high.
- However, Tusculum came back to pull within 45-38, but Taylor drilled a triple and made a layup to give King a 50-41 lead at the break.
- Taylor then started the second half with a triple and Floyd followed with a pair of free throws, stretching the King lead to 55-41.
- The King lead grew to as many as 18 in the second half, the final time following a Mike Salomon bucket midway through the half.
- The Pioneers went on a run late, scoring 11 of 12 points to cut their deficit to 95-89.
- Tusculum cut their deficit to five a 96-91 with 38 seconds remaining, but Floyd and Salomon iced the 101-94 victory at the free throw line.
- Floyd led King with 34 points, going 11-for-12 from the free throw line. He also grabbed six rebounds.
- Mike Salomon followed with 19 points and added six rebounds.
- Timothy Taylor added 14 points and Mack Owens chipped in with 12 points.
FOR THE FOES
- Dashauntic Smith led six Tusculum scores in double figures with 20 points.
- Caleb Hodnett followed with 13 points to go along with eight rebounds.
- Brandon Mitchell followed with 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Floyd's 34 points set a career-high, bettering his previous mark of 22 set a season ago. His six rebounds also set a career-high.
- Salomon also set a career-best with 19 points, topping his previous hit of 18 set last season.
- King takes on fourth-ranked Lincoln Memorial University on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in Banner Elk, N.C.
- Tusculum takes on Lees-McRae College.