Men's Basketball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

King falls at hot-shooting Limestone

Photo Credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo Credit: Dakota Bastin

GAFFNEY, S.C. – The King University men's basketball team fell to a hot-shooting Limestone College team on Wednesday night. The Saints knocked down 17 triples in their 104-87 victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Limestone 104, King 87
LOCATION: Timken Center; Gaffney, S.C.
RECORDS: King 8-4, 1-2 Conference Carolinas; Limestone 7-6, 2-2 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • King got off to a hot start, scoring the first nine points capped by a Kalen Clifton triple.
  • Clifton later hit another triple to give King a 19-7 lead, but then the Saints went on a run.
  • Limestone scored 17 straight points to gain a 24-19 lead midway through the opening stanza.
  • The Saints gained their largest lead at 35-29 before Clifton struck from long range and made a layup to pull King back within in one.
  • The teams then traded baskets until Clifton made a jump shot that cut the Tornado deficit to 46-42 at the half.
  • Limestone shot 9-for-20 from three-point range in the first half while King shot 4-for-17.

Second Half

  • The Saint triples continued to fall in the second half as they opened the stanza on a 14-1 run to take a 60-43 lead four minutes in.
  • Mike Salomon ended the spurt when he drilled a triple for the Tornado.
  • A Justin Frazier three-point basketball pulled King within 62-52, but Limestone answered with an 11-3, stretching their lead back to 16 points.
  • King couldn't get any closer the rest of the way as the Saints took the contest 104-87.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Clifton led King with 25 points and added six rebounds.
  • Tyre Moore Jr. followed with 16 points and James Brown chipped in with 13 points.
  • The Tornado shot 47.0 percent from the floor, including a 38.7 mark from long range.

FOR THE FOES

  • Limestone shot 52.9 percent from the floor and 47.2 percent from long range. The Saints knocked down 17 triples.
  • Jaquan Simms led six Limestone scorers in double figures with 22 points.
  • T.J. Shepard and Kenny Hairston both scored 17 points and Hairston handed out eight assists.
  • Quez Clayton scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The 16 points from Moore mark a career-high.

UP NEXT

  • King travels to Virginia State University on Saturday. Tipoff from Ettrick, Va., is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Earlier this season, the Tornado topped Virginia State 86-85 in the Student Center Complex.
  • Limestone travels to Emmanuel College on Saturday.