NGU tip-in sinks King comeback

Photo credit: Camryn Haag
Photo credit: Camryn Haag

TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The King University men's basketball team tried to avenge a loss earlier this season when they traveled to North Greenville University. The Tornado went on a run down the stretch to regain the lead, but North Greenville escaped with a 71-70 win with a tip-in with 3.0 seconds remaining.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: North Greenville 71, King 70
LOCATION: Hayes Gymnasium; Tigerville, S.C.
RECORDS: King 13-12, 6-9 Conference Carolinas, North Greenville 7-19, 3-13 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • Justin Frazier broke a 10-10 tie with a triple four minutes in that kick-started the Tornado offense.
  • James Brown followed with a triple and Frazier later capped the 11-2 spurt that put the Tornado ahead 21-12 with another trifecta.
  • Brown knocked down another three-point basket with 11:04 remaining to put King ahead 24-18 before the Tornado offense went cold.
  • King went without a point for nearly five minutes and without a field goal for nearly six minutes as the Crusaders went on a 14-3 run to take a 26-24 lead.
  • Tyre Moore Jr. knocked down a pair of free throws before drilling a triple that put King ahead 29-28 five minutes before halftime.
  • Isaiah Curry stretched the Tornado lead back to seven with a layup before the Crusaders beat the buzzer to make the halftime score 39-34 in favor of the Tornado.

Second Half

  • The Crusaders continued their run in the second half, scoring seven of the first nine points to even the tally at 41.
  • North Greenville used a 6-0 run to take a 45-41 lead four minutes into the second stanza.
  • The score was again tied at 49 before North Greenville used a 9-2 spurt to open up a 58-51 lead with nine minutes remaining.
  • The Tornado deficit grew to as many as 10 at 66-56 before the Tornado closed the final five minutes on a run.
  • Four points from Moore and two more from Frazier pulled King within 66-62.
  • Mike Salomon made a jump shot in the paint to pull King within one, and he followed with a layup that put the Tornado ahead 70-69 with 1:37 remaining.
  • Both teams missed shots in the final minute and the Crusaders had the final possession with 15 seconds remaining.
  • North Greenville's shot was off the mark, but Kovi Tate tipped in the miss with three seconds left to give the Crusaders the lead.
  • A heave for the Tornado was off the mark as the Crusaders escaped with the 71-70 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Frazier led King with 18 points and Moore followed with 14.
  • Brown added 12 points while Curry grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

FOR THE FOES

  • Tate led North Greenville with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Daniel Burchette followed with 15 points, five rebounds and six assists.

UP NEXT

  • King hosts Belmont Abbey College on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
  • North Greenville hosts Limestone College on Wednesday night.