Men's Basketball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

King comeback falls short at league-leading Emmanuel

Photo credit: Camryn Haag
Photo credit: Camryn Haag

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – For the second time in as many weeks, the King University men's basketball team had a chance to take down a Conference Carolinas leading team, and give them their first league defeat. The Tornado erased a 17-point deficit in the second half at Emmanuel College, but the Lions converted a late three-point play to take the contest 84-83.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Emmanuel 84, King 83
LOCATION: Williams Arena; Franklin Springs, Ga.
RECORDS: King 10-9, 3-6 Conference Carolinas; Emmanuel 17-6, 10-0 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • Jordan Young got off to a hot start for the Tornado, scoring six of the King's first 10 points.
  • However, the Lions kept pace with the Tornado and used a 7-0 run to gain a 17-13 lead.
  • James Brown later gave King a 27-23, capping a 7-0 King spurt with a three-point play.
  • King led 29-28 before Emmanuel went on a run, scoring 12 straight points, vaulting the Lions into a 40-29 lead with four minutes remaining until halftime.
  • The Tornado fought back, however, scoring nine of the next 10 points, starting with a Justin Frazier three-point play.
  • Brown pulled King within 41-38 with a layup in the final minute, but the Lions made a three-point basket in the waning second to take a 44-38 lead at halftime.

Second Half

  • Emmanuel scored 10 straight points early in the second half, opening up a 59-47 lead.
  • The Tornado deficit grew to as many as 17 at 69-52 with 11 minutes remaining, but Brown tried to get the offense going with a three-point basket.
  • Frazier cut the King deficit to 69-60 with a triple, capping an 8-0 run.
  • Following a Lion bucket, the Tornado rolled off 10 straight points to pull within in 71-70 with six minutes remaining.
  • Isaiah Curry evened the score at 74 with a layup and Brown put the Tornado ahead 76-74 with a dunk.
  • In all, the Tornado went on a 24-5 run that resulted in the lead.
  • King led by four twice down the stretch, the second time at 81-77, but the Lions didn't go away.
  • Trailing by two, Austin Greene traveled the length of the floor and made a layup and was fouled with 12 seconds remaining.
  • He converted the free throw, giving the Lions the 84-83 lead.
  • The Tornado had a chance to win the game in the waning seconds, but the shot was off the mark.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Brown led King with 33 points, going 11-for-22 from the floor and 6-for-11 from long range.
  • Young followed with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Frazier chipped in with 12 points and 10 assists.

FOR THE FOES

  • Kendrick Colvin led four Emmanuel scorers in double figures with 16 points. He added eight rebounds and four assists.
  • Greene followed with 13 points while Nathan Williams accounted for 12 points.
  • Kyler Ingram chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The 33 points for Brown marks a career-high, besting his previous high of 31.
  • Young also set a career-high with 17 points.
  • The double-double for Young was his fourth of the season, all coming in the last five games.
  • Frazier's 10 assists are a career-best, topping his previous high of nine set on Monday.
  • The double-double for Frazier is also the first of his career.

UP NEXT

  • The Tornado return home on Thursday when they host North Greenville University at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
  • Emmanuel travels to Erskine College on Tuesday night.
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