SALEM, W.Va. – The King University men's basketball team used a strong defensive effort and some late game free throws to clinch a victory Sunday afternoon over Lynn University. The Tornado got off to a hot start, but had to hold off the Fighting Knights late to take a 70-62 win.
FINAL SCORE: King 70, Lynn 62
LOCATION: T. Edward Davis Gymnasium; Salem, W.Va.
RECORDS: King 6-3; Lynn 3-5
HOW IT HAPPENED
- King got off to a hot start early as they took a quick 12-4 lead over Lynn behind four straight baskets scored by Mack Owens during the run.
- The Tornado continued to dominate as they took a 20-8 lead over the Fighting Knights following a Jordan Floyd steal on defense that led to an easy layup for him.
- With eight minutes remaining in the half, Owens buried his second three point basket of the first half to extend King's lead to 27-10.
- With a minute and a half remaining in the half, Timothy Taylor found Je'Don Young who drilled a three point basket to give the Tornado a 35-19 lead. The assist for Taylor was one of his career-high nine assists that he posted during the game.
- Going into halftime, King led Lynn 35-21 thanks to stellar lockdown defense. The Tornado outscored the Fighting Knights 14-4 in points off turnovers in the first half.
- King got off to a slow start in the second half as they struggled with turnovers and finding the bottom of the net. Lynn brought the game to within eight points with 14:39 remaining in the game.
- However, an 8-0 run was made by the Tornado and was capped off with Floyd layup to extend King's lead back to double digits with 13:05 left in the contest.
- Lynn continued to push, however, as they used a 13-6 run of their own to come within eight points of King, making the score 60-52 Tornado with 5:03 remaining.
- The Fighting Knights came within four points of the Tornado when they made a three point basket to make it 64-60 Tornado.
- However, lockdown defense and late game free throws by Mike Salomon and Shon'Dre Dukes propelled the Tornado to a 70-62 victory over the Fighting Knights.
- Floyd led all scorers with 18 points on 7-11 shooting for the Tornado.
- Owens posted another double-double as he recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds for King.
- King had five players score in double figures for the second straight game.
FOR THE FOES
- Rasheed Worrell led Lynn with ten points and six rebounds.
- Kenneth Nwachukwu also posted ten points for the Fighting Knights.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Taylor posted a career-high nine assists for the Tornado.
- Owens recorded his fifth double-double of the season.
- The Tornado put five players in double figures for the second straight game.
- King travels to take on West Liberty University on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.
- Lynn heads to Melbourne, Florida to take on Shawnee State.