Men's Basketball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

Tornado fall to hot-shooting Hilltoppers

Photo Credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo Credit: Dakota Bastin

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team fell to a hot-shooting West Liberty University team on Tuesday evening. The 18th-ranked Hilltoppers grabbed the lead early and didn't look back, taking the contest 116-95.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: #18 West Liberty 116, King 95
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 7-3; West Liberty 8-2

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • West Liberty opened the game by scoring 19 of the first 21 points, including a 15-0 run to gain the advantage.
  • The Tornado deficit grew to as many as 25 before Mike Salomon drilled a triple to start a short King spurt.
  • JaMarquis Johnson cut the King deficit to 35-19 with a basket midway through the first half.
  • The Hilltoppers held their lead there for the rest of the first half, holding a 62-43 lead at the break.

Second Half

  • West Liberty used an 11-2 run to open up a 76-47 lead in the opening minutes of the second half.
  • The Hilltopper lead grew to as many as 37 at 94-57 with 11 minutes remaining.
  • King chipped away at their deficit down the stretch, but ultimately fell 116-95.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Kalen Clifton led the Tornado with 29 points to go along with eight rebounds.
  • James Brown added 16 points while Salomon accounted for 11 points.
  • Justin Frazier chipped in with 10 points and seven assists.
  • King shot 48.5 percent from the floor.

FOR THE FOES

  • West Liberty shot 61.4 percent from the floor, including a 55.6 mark from long range.
  • Dalton Bolon led West Liberty with 30 points on 7-for-12 shooting from three-point range.
  • Will Yoakum followed with 19 points while Yahel Hill added 18 points.
  • Eric Meininger chipped in with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The 29 points for Clifton sets a career-high. His previous best was 28, which he set twice. The last time was on November 17 against Carson-Newman.
  • Frazier set a season-high with seven assists, coming within one of his career-high of eight.

UP NEXT

  • King returns to action on December 29 at the University of Southern Indiana. Tipoff is slated for 2:00 p.m. (ET)
  • West Liberty is in action again on December 30 against Tiffin University.