Brown's free throws complete the King comeback at Clayton State

Photo credit: Camryn Haag
Photo credit: Camryn Haag

MORROW, Ga. – In a game where both teams held a double-digit lead, the King University men's basketball team fought their way back at Clayton State University on Friday night. The Tornado closed the game on a 14-4 run, capped by a pair of James Brown free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining to take the 63-62 victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 63, Clayton State 62
LOCATION: The Loch; Morrow, Ga.
RECORDS: King 7-2; Clayton State 3-4

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • Both teams struggled from the floor in the opening half, but Tyre Moore Jr. gave King a 5-2 lead following a three-point play five minutes into the contest.
  • The Tornado gradually extended their lead to 13-6 following a Justin Frazier triple.
  • Mike Salomon gave King their largest lead of the half a 22-12 with a triple with six minutes remaining in the opening stanza.
  • However, the Lakers went on a run to close the half, scoring eight straight points to cut their deficit to only two.
  • Brown ended that spurt with an offensive rebound and layup for the Tornado.
  • The Lakers scored the final six points of the half, including a buzzer-beating triple to take a 30-26 lead at the break.

Second Half

  • King scored the first four points of the second half, evening the score at 30 on a Salomon steal and layup.
  • However, the Lakers responded with a 13-1, opening up a 43-31 lead five minutes into the half.
  • The King deficit grew to as many as 13 at 46-33 before the Tornado started to chip away.
  • Salomon started a 9-0 run that was capped by a pair of Isaiah Curry free throws with a layup.
  • Nevertheless, Clayton State bounced back and extended their lead back to 58-46 with eight minutes remaining, but the Tornado had one last run in them.
  • Salomon and Frazier drilled a pair of triples to cape an 8-0 run and pull King within 58-57 with five minutes remaining.
  • Salomon later gave King a 61-60 lead with 49 seconds remaining when he made a pair of free throws.
  • The Lakers countered with a bucket to regain the lead, but King came right back.
  • Brown grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled with 4.7 seconds remaining.
  • He then made two free throws to give King the lead and ultimately the 63-62 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Tornado defense may have turned in their best performance of the season, forcing a season-high 24 turnovers. King scored 23 points on those turnovers.
  • King also dominated the glass, outrebounding Clayton State 45-24 with 20 offensive rebounds.
  • Salomon led King with 19 points and added eight rebounds.
  • Brown, Frazier, and Moore followed with eight points each.

FOR THE FOES

  • Jaylen Taylor led Clayton State with 20 points and nine rebounds.
  • Aubrey McRae followed with 12 points and six rebounds.

UP NEXT

  • King returns home to face 18th-ranked West Liberty University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
  • Clayton State hosts 11th-ranked USC Aiken on Monday night.