Men's Basketball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

Tornado edged by Carson-Newman

Photo Credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo Credit: Dakota Bastin

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team dropped a tight nonconference tilt with regional rival Carson-Newman University on Saturday afternoon in the Student Center Complex. The contest featured 12 ties and 12 lead changes as the Eagles edged King 87-86, handing the Tornado their first defeat of the year.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Carson-Newman 87, King 86
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 2-1; Carson-Newman 4-0

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • The teams went back-and-forth the entire contest as the Tornado turned a 9-7 deficit into a 14-9 advantage with a quick 7-0 spurt. Timothy Taylor made a triple around a pair of Kalen Clifton buckets.
  • King earned their largest lead of the day at 19-11 following a basket from Isaiah Curry and a jump shot from Clifton six minutes into the contest.
  • Carson-Newman used a 7-2 run to get back within three of the Tornado, and King held their lead there for the remainder of the opening half.
  • The game was even at 28 before King scored six straight points, but the Eagles answered back with six straight.
  • King again stretched their lead back to eight at 46-38 following an Antonio Freeman layup.
  • However, the Eagles closed the half on a 6-0 run, cutting the King lead to 46-44 at the break.

Second Half

  • Carson-Newman came out and grabbed the lead early in the second half, but Clifton answered with a triple and Chad Dreswick stretched the King lead back to three with a basket.
  • The Eagles used a 9-0 to grab their largest lead of the day at 59-53 with 12 minutes remaining.
  • King worked their way back as Taylor drilled back-to-back trifectas to even the score at 61.
  • The Eagles held the advantage over the final 10 minutes, extending the lead to five before Clifton drilled a triple and James Brown converted an old fashioned three-point play, giving King a 77-75 lead with four minutes remaining.
  • The teams traded baskets down the stretch, and the Eagles held an 87-84 lead with five seconds remaining.
  • Carson-Newman fouled a King three-point shooter. He made the first two, but missed the third with 0.5 seconds remaining, giving the Eagles the 87-86 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Clifton led King with 28 points, shooting 11-for-17 from the floor.
  • Freeman followed with 20 points and seven rebounds while Taylor chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

FOR THE FOES

  • Grant Teichmann led Carson-Newman with 26 points. He was followed by Chris Clayton's 13, Mason Bates' 12 and Malik Abraham's 11 points.
  • Cameron Holmes grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Clifton matched his career-high of 28 points. He last scored 28 points at UNC Pembroke on January 28, 2017 while at Armstrong State University.
  • Freeman set a career-high with 20 points and Taylor came within two of his career-best.

UP NEXT

  • King returns to action on Monday, November 26 when they travel to Lee University. Tipoff from Cleveland, Tenn., is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
  • Carson-Newman hosts Tennessee Wesleyan University on Wednesday evening.