GAFFNEY, S.C. – Playing in front of a national audience on ESPN3, the King University men's basketball put together one of their best performances of the season. The Tornado lead Limestone College by as many as 30 points in the second half, defeating the Saints 75-57. Head coach George Pitts also became King's all-time wins leader with his 246th win.
FINAL SCORE: King 75, Limestone 57
LOCATION: Timken Center; Gaffney, S.C.
RECORDS: King 4-3, 2-0 Conference Carolinas; Limestone 4-4, 1-1 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tornado wasted no time getting on the board as Mack Owens gave the Tornado a 9-0 lead with a layup four minutes in.
- The King offense was balanced in the first half, having four players with at least seven points, led by nine points and seven rebounds from Owens.
- The Saint pulled within 15-12, but Je'Don Young answered with back-to-back triples to stretch the Tornado lead back to nine.
- Timothy Taylor closed the first half on a 5-0 run in the final minute with a triple and layup in the waning seconds to give King a 39-23 lead at the break.
- The Tornado shot 51.6 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from three, but their defense may have been more impressive.
- King held Limestone to 23.5 percent from the floor and 20.0 percent from long range in the opening stanza.
- Kalen Clifton got the Tornado going in the second half with a triple in the opening minute and later a pair of free throws.
- King then tried to put the game out of reach with a 15-2 run, capped by an Owens layup that gave the Tornado a 58-28 lead midway through the second half.
- Limestone tried to come back, but the Tornado held off the spurt to take the contest 75-57.
- Owens led the way with a double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds.
- Jordan Floyd and Taylor led the way offensively with 15 points each.
- Taylor added a team-high five assists.
FOR THE FOES
- Kenny Hairston led Limestone with 17 points and T.J. Sheppard followed with 11 points.
- Donovan Harris chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The win gave Pitts his 246th career win at King, passing King Athletic Hall of Fame member Al Nida for the most wins in program history.
- Owens posted his fourth double-double of the season and second in as many games.
- Game was streamed live on ESPN3, the second time the King men's basketball team played in front of a national audience.
- The last time was January 3, 2015 when King defeated 18th-ranked University of Mount Olive on CBS Sports Network.
- King will be in action again on Saturday when they travel to take on Salem International University. Tipoff from Salem, W.Va. is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
- Limestone hosts Coker College on Tuesday night.