Men's Basketball


Early Barton run too much for King to overcome

Photo Credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo Credit: Dakota Bastin

WILSON, N.C. – The King University men's basketball team traveled to take on one of the top teams in Conference Carolinas on Tuesday night, Barton College. The Bulldogs got off to a hot start, and the Tornado couldn't fight their way back, dropping the contest 87-64.

FINAL SCORE: Barton 87, King 64
LOCATION: Wilson Gymnasium; Wilson, N.C.
RECORDS: King 8-6, 1-3 Conference Carolinas; Barton 12-5, 5-2 Conference Carolinas


First Half

  • The Bulldogs got off to a hot start, scoring the game's first 14 points before a pair of Mike Salomon free throws got King on the board.
  • James Brown scored the first field goal of the contest for the Tornado, nearly eight minutes in.
  • The Tornado cut into their deficit with an 11-2 where King scored eight straight points, capped by triples from Brown and Justin Frazier.
  • However, Barton responded with seven straight points, stretching their lead back to 14 points.
  • King scored the seven of the final nine points of the half as a Jordan Young basket cut the Tornado deficit to 43-32 at the break.

Second Half

  • The Bulldogs opened the second half with four straight points, stretching their advantage back to 15 points.
  • King chipped away at their deficit and a Salomon basket cut the Tornado deficit to single digits for the first time since the opening minutes at 52-43.
  • The teams then went back-and-forth until Barton broke the game open with a 13-0 spurt that gave the Bulldogs a 78-55 lead with six minutes remaining.
  • The Tornado couldn't comeback after that spurt as the Bulldogs took the contest 87-64.


  • Brown and Frazier led King with 15 points apiece.
  • Frazier handed out eight assists while Salomon chipped in with 11 points.


  • Jake Kakar led five scorers in double figures with 20 points.
  • Blake Burdack followed with 16 points and eight rebounds while Bobby Stenborg added 15 points.
  • Michael Boykin posted 12 points and 10 assists.


  • King returns home to take on the University of Mount Olive on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex. Earlier this year, King fell at Mount Olive 78-63.
  • Barton travels to North Greenville University on Saturday.
Tornado defense stymies BAC
February 20, 2019 Tornado defense stymies BAC
NGU tip-in sinks King comeback
February 16, 2019 NGU tip-in sinks King comeback
King shoots past SWU
February 2, 2019 King shoots past SWU
Tornado shoot past Shorter
December 11, 2018 Tornado shoot past Shorter
Trojans too much for Tornado
December 1, 2018 Trojans too much for Tornado
Tornado edged by Carson-Newman
November 17, 2018 Tornado edged by Carson-Newman
Pitts adds Phelps to staff
October 15, 2018 Pitts adds Phelps to staff