HARROGATE, Tenn. – When the NCAA Tournament brackets were announced, the King University men's basketball team knew they had a tough task of facing the nation's top team, Lincoln Memorial University, on their home floor. However, the Tornado got off to a hot start and played the Railsplitters even in the first half. The Lincoln Memorial balanced attack proved too much for the Tornado in the second half as the Railsplitters took the contest 90-78.
FINAL SCORE: #1/No. 1 Lincoln Memorial 90, No. 8 King 78
LOCATION: Tex Turner Arena; Harrogate, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 19-11; Lincoln Memorial 31-1
HOW IT HAPPENED
- King couldn't have asked for a better start, opening up an 11-5 lead following a Mike Salomon four-point play.
- King held the upper hand for the majority of the first half as the Tornado shot 54.8 percent from the floor and knocked down seven three-point baskets.
- The largest lead for King came with five minutes remaining in the opening stanza, following a 5-0 run where Jordan Floyd made three free throws and a jump shot. That gave the Tornado a 40-31 advantage.
- However, the Railsplitters answered with a 10-0 to take the lead before Kalen Clifton pushed King back ahead with a bucket.
- Lincoln Memorial opened up a 48-43 lead before Salomon drilled a triple and Floyd beat the buzzer to even the score at 48-48 at the break.
- The second half was much more defensive as the Tornado held Lincoln Memorial to 39.4 percent from the floor, but the Tornado shot 33.3 percent.
- Floyd evened the contest for the seventh time at 53-53 with a pair of free throws.
- Early in the second half, every time Lincoln Memorial tried to extend their lead, King had an answer as Floyd pulled King back within 60-59 with a triple.
- However, Lincoln Memorial went on an 18-0 run as the Tornado didn't have an answer for the country's top-ranked team.
- King tried to chip away at the deficit, but there wasn't enough time as the Railsplitters took the hard-fought 90-78 victory.
- Floyd led King with 28 points and added three assists.
- Salomon followed with 15 points and five rebounds.
- Je'Don Young added 13 points and Clifton chipped in with eight points.
- Mack Owens grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds.
FOR THE FOES
- Trevon Shaw led five Railsplitters in double figures with 24 points.
- Emmanuel Terry followed with 21 points and 15 rebounds.
- Cornelius Taylor added 14 points while Dorian Pinson accounted for 12 points.
- Josh Odem chipped in with 11 points and five assists.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The 16 rebounds for Owens marks a career-best in his final game. He added four points and two assists.
- Fellow senior Dontae Campbell accounted for five points, seven rebounds and handed out two assists.
- Shon'Dre Dukes posted two points and five rebounds in his final game.
- Jonathan Kin scored three points and grabbed one rebound in his last game.
Postgame Press Conference