Men's Basketball


Balanced Tornado attack leads to comeback win over LMC

Photo credit: Camryn Haag
Photo credit: Camryn Haag

BRISTOL, Tenn. – As most rivalry contests are, the men's basketball game between King University and Lees-McRae College was a see-saw affair. The Tornado controlled the first half while the Bobcats led for the majority of the second half before a late King surge led to a 78-70 Tornado victory.

FINAL SCORE: King 78, Lees-McRae 70
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 13-11, 6-8 Conference Carolinas; Lees-McRae 10-15, 6-9 Conference Carolinas


First Half

  • Justin Frazier started off the first half for the Tornado with a three-point basket and took some contact. He finished the four-point play at the line to put King ahead.
  • Lees-McRae answered scoring five straight points of their own to take the lead 5-4.
  • King and Lees-McRae would exchange baskets but a Tyre Moore Jr. three-point shot extended the Tornado lead to 22-17 with 12 minutes remaining.
  • Frazier knocked down another shortly thereafter to give King their largest lead of the first half at 28-21.
  • The Bobcats, however, went on a 10-3 run, evening the score at 32 with three minutes remaining until halftime.
  • The teams exchanged the lead and baskets before the half as the Bobcats held a 36-35 lead at the break.

Second Half

  • Lees-McRae held the advantage for the majority of the second stanza, but there were four ties and three lead changes down the stretch.
  • The Tornado deficit grew to as many as 10 at 59-49 midway through the second period.
  • Mike Salomon made a jump shot in the paint and converted the three-point play to ignite an 8-0 Tornado run.
  • Salomon capped the run, cutting the King deficit to 62-60 with a triple.
  • Following four Bobcat points, King scored six straight as Frazier evened the score at 66 with a fastbreak layup.
  • The score was again even at 68 following a pair of JaMarquis Johnson free throws.
  • Frazier followed with another fastbreak layup and Johnson put the Tornado ahead 72-68 with a jump shot.
  • King then iced the game at the free throw line, taking the rivalry contest 78-70.


  • Young posted 11 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double.
  • Frazier led five Tornado scorers in double figures with 16 points to go along with five assists.
  • James Brown added 14 points and eight rebounds.
  • Moore and Salomon chipped in with 11 points apiece.


  • Malik Wright and Anthony Hicks led Lees-McRae with 15 points each.
  • Andrew Garner followed with 12 points and nine rebounds.


  • For Young, the double-double is his fifth of the season.
  • King placed five scorers in double figures for the second time this season, the last was on November 28 in a win over Virginia State University.


  • King travels to North Greenville University on Saturday, tipoff scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
  • Lees-McRae hosts Barton College 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