HICKORY, N.C. – The King University men's basketball team took to the road to take on Lenoir-Rhyne University in a matchup of two of the top programs in the southeast region. The Tornado led the majority of the contest until the Bears came back to force overtime in the final five minutes. In the extra session, Mack Owens tipped in an errant Tornado shot with two seconds remaining, giving King the 72-71 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 72, Lenoir-Rhyne 71 (F/OT)
LOCATION: Shuford Gymnasium; Hickory, N.C.
RECORDS: King 2-1; Lenoir-Rhyne 0-3
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Jordan Floyd got off to a hot start, knocking down a pair of trifectas that gave King an early 6-0 lead.
- Je'Don Young gave King a 16-6 lead with a pair of free throws as the Tornado held their lead there the majority of the opening stanza.
- The Bears cut their deficit in half, but Floyd came up with another triple, stretching the King lead back to eight midway through the half.
- Floyd ended the first half with 17 points, 11 coming in the final 10 minutes of the period.
- Lenoir-Rhyne cut their deficit to 23-21 with six minutes remaining, but Owens made a bucket and a pair of free throws before Floyd scored a pair of free throws, extending the King lead back to eight.
- Lenoir-Rhyne scored the final five points of the opening half, but King still led 34-29 at the break.
- After the Bears scored the opening bucket of the second half, Owens and Young scores six straight points for the Tornado, giving King a 40-31 lead.
- However, Lenoir-Rhyne scored 10 straight points, taking their first lead of the game at 41-40 with 12 minutes remaining.
- Young gave the lead back the Tornado with a jump shot and Floyd followed with a dunk before Mike Salomon gave King a 46-41 lead.
- King later used a 7-0 run, capped by a Desean Enzor bucket that gave King a 54-47 lead with seven minutes remaining.
- Nevertheless, Lenoir-Rhyne scored eight straight points, regaining a 55-54 lead.
- At that point, the teams traded baskets and the lead.
- Floyd looked to put King ahead for good at 62-60 with 13 seconds remaining when he drilled a triple, but the Bears answered with a bucket, sending the game to overtime.
- King opened up a 67-64 lead following a Shon'Dre Dukes layup, but Lenoir-Rhyne answered with six straight points to gain a 70-67 lead.
- However, Floyd made a contested triple to even the score with 25 seconds remaining.
- On the other end, the Bears split a pair of free throws as the Tornado setup a play to win the game.
- The initial shot was off the mark, but Owens grabbed the offense board and tipped in, giving King the 72-71 lead with two seconds remaining.
- The Bears' final heave was off the mark, giving King the victory.
- Floyd led the way with 30 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists.
- Young followed with 13 points and four rebounds.
- Owens accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double.
- Salomon grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and added seven points.
FOR THE FOES
- Cory Thomas led Lenoir-Rhyne with 21 points and six rebounds. Djibril Diallo followed with 13 points and Jarvis Calhoun chipped in with 11 points.
- Bertrand Awana posted a team-high 10 rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX
- The 13 rebounds for Salomon marks a career-high, topping his previous best of seven set last weekend against Lincoln Memorial.
- The double-double for Owens marks his first of the season and fifth of his career.
- For Owens, this marks the second game-winning shot in the final five seconds of overtime in his career. A season ago, in the third game of the year he knocked down a jump shot with three seconds remaining to defeat Young Harris College 83-81 in overtime.
- King stays on the road to face regional rival Carson-Newman University on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
- Lenoir-Rhyne travels to take on Newberry College on Monday night.