BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team opened Conference Carolinas play with a comeback victory over North Greenville University. The Tornado trailed at halftime, but Jordan Floyd help lead the Tornado back in the second half, scoring 26 points in the frame to lead King to the 83-69 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 83, North Greenville 69
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 3-3, 1-0 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 3-5, 0-1 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Kalen Clifton and Je'Don Young drilled back-to-back triples before Mike Salomon capped a 10-0 run that gave King a 13-6 lead six minutes into the contest.
- However, the Crusaders answered with a 7-0 spurt to even the score at 15 eight minutes in.
- The Tornado looked to close the half on a spurt, scoring five straight points to take a 29-25 lead.
- However, North Greenville answered with seven straight points, taking a 32-29 lead at the break.
- King shot 33.3 percent from the floor in the first half, but that improved in the second half, posting a 59.4 field goal percentage.
- Mack Owens tried to get the Tornado offense going with a couple early buckets in the second half. Young followed with a triple to put the Tornado ahead 36-34 two minutes in.
- The score was tied for the fifth and final time at 36 before Young drilled his third triple of the game, giving King the lead.
- Owens followed with a trifecta and Salomon threw down a dunk, giving King a 44-36 lead.
- Floyd then started to catch fire, scoring nine straight points for the Tornado.
- In the half, Floyd shot 8-for-11 from the floor and 4-for-7 from three-point range, accounting for 26 points.
- Floyd gave King their largest lead of the game, 82-61 with a triple as the Tornado went on to take the contest 83-69.
- Floyd led the Tornado with 33 points.
- Owens followed with 16 points and 12 rebounds while Salomon added 12 points.
- Young chipped in with 11 points and Timothy Taylor handed out six assists.
FOR THE FOES
- Daniel Burchette led North Greenville with 17 points to go along with six rebounds.
- Matt Moore followed with 13 points and Tommy Wade added 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.
- Roderick Howell chipped in with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The win marked the 245th win at King for head coach George Pitts, tying him for the most wins in program history with King Athletic Hall of Fame member Al Nida.
- The double-double for Owens marked his third of the season.
- Floyd posted his third 30-point game of the season, coming within one of his career-best. He scored 34 points in the season-opening win over Tusculum College.
- Taylor set a career-best with six assists.
- King travels to take on Limestone College on Saturday in a rematch of last season's Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
- North Greenville travels to take on Belmont Abbey College.