BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team defended their home court with a hard-fought victory over Limestone College. The Tornado got 32 points from Jordan Floyd and seven triples from Mike Salomon to defeat the Saints 80-67.
FINAL SCORE: King 80, Limestone 67
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 16-9, 11-4 Conference Carolinas; Limestone 10-15, 6-10
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Saints opened the game with the momentum, taking a 14-9 lead before the Tornado offense got going.
- Mack Owens started an 11-0 run with a pair of free throws and Floyd followed with a pair of fastbreak buckets, the second a steal and dunk to put the Tornado ahead.
- Floyd then capped the spurt with his first of five trifectas in the contest.
- The King lead grew to 11 points in the opening half following an Owens before the Saints started to work their way back.
- Limestone evened the score at 37 with a 13-2 run before Floyd gave the lead back to King with a pair of buckets.
- The Saints scored the final bucket of the half, but King led 41-39 at the break behind 22 points from Floyd.
- King started the second half on a run, opening up a 56-44 lead five minutes in on a Salomon triple.
- Salomon later gave King their largest lead of the game at 71-58 with another three-point basket.
- Every time the Saints tried to go on a run in the second half, the Tornado had an answer, holding their lead above eight points for the final 15 minutes.
- Salomon iced the 80-67 victory in the final minute when he drilled his seventh triple of the contest.
- Floyd led King with 32 points, going 9-for-10 from the free throw, and adding three assists.
- Salomon followed with 21 points on 7-for-9 shooting from three-point range.
- Owens posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
FOR THE FOES
- Kenny Hairston led Limestone with 26 points and Jaquan Simms followed with 12 points.
- Macoumba Kane added 10 points and Donovan Harris grabbed 13 rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Salomon set a career-high with 21 points, topping his previous best of 19 which he accomplished twice. The last time came at seventh-ranked West Liberty University.
- His seven triples also set a career-best and is the fourth most made in a game in King history.
- For Floyd, the 32-point outburst marks his sixth game this season with at least 30 points. He has also scored at least 20 points in the last seven games and 13 times this season.
- King travels to take on Belmont Abbey College on Saturday. Tipoff from Belmont, N.C. is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
- Limestone hosts Barton College on Saturday.