Men's Basketball


King comeback falls short against Erskine

Photo credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo credit: Dakota Bastin

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a victory on the road on Saturday, the King University men's basketball team returned home to take on Erskine College. The Tornado struggled from the floor early and their second-half comeback fell short as the Flying Fleet took the 65-59 victory.

FINAL SCORE: Erskine 65, King 59
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 10-8, 3-5 Conference Carolinas; Erskine 9-6, 4-3 Conference Carolinas


First Period

  • The Tornado led 5-2 in the early going following a triple from Justin Frazier and layup from James Brown.
  • However, the Flying Fleet came back with a 9-0 run to gain the advantage.
  • Erskine later went on a 13-0 run over a seven-minute stretch, extending their lead to 28-11 with four minutes remaining until halftime.
  • Back-to-back triples from Brown and Tyre Moore Jr. got the Tornado back on the board, but Erskine held a 31-17 lead at halftime.

Second Period

  • A 7-0 Erskine run stretched the Tornado deficit to 43-20 four minutes into the second half and the Flying Fleet later gained their largest lead of the game at 48-24 with 12 minutes remaining.
  • King then started to chip away, using an 11-0 run capped by consecutive three-point baskets from Mike Salomon that cut the King deficit to 48-35 with 10 minutes remaining.
  • However, the Flying Fleet answered and extended their lead back to 19 points.
  • Salomon drilled two more triples on a 9-0 run the pulled the Tornado within 63-56 with 49 seconds remaining.
  • King cut their deficit to five in the waning seconds, but it was too little too late as the Flying Fleet escaped with the 65-59 victory.


  • Salomon led the Tornado with 24 points, all coming in the second half. He went 8-for-13 from three-point range, including 8-for-9 in the second half.
  • Brown followed with 12 while Frazier added 10 points and nine assists.
  • Jordan Young grabbed 15 rebounds to go along with nine points.


  • Jaywaun Washington led the way for Erskine with 14 points and 19 rebounds.
  • Jordan Watch scored 20 points and Tyler Brevard followed with 15 points.
  • Austin Venable chipped in with 13 points.


  • The eight triples for Salomon marks the third most in school history.
  • It is also the second straight game King has had a player make eight triples as Moore connected eight times on Saturday at Belmont Abbey College.
  • Young's 15 rebounds marks a career-high.
  • Fraziers' nine assists is also a career-high.


  • King is in action again on Saturday when they travel to Emmanuel College. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in Franklin Springs, Ga.
  • Erskine travels to Southern Wesleyan University on Thursday.
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