BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time this season, the King University men's basketball team topped Belmont Abbey College. The Tornado defense was stout against the Crusaders, leading for nearly the entirety of the 73-67 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 73, Belmont Abbey 67
LOCATION: Hannah Gymnasium; Spartanburg, S.C.
RECORDS: King 14-12, 7-9 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 19-7, 12-4 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Justin Frazier kick-started the Tornado offense with a triple off the opening tip.
- Mike Salomon capped a 6-0 run that gave King the largest lead of the first half with a basket, putting the Tornado ahead 25-18.
- The Crusaders chipped away at that deficit and eventually took a lead on a three-point basket in the waning seconds.
- However, Jordan Young answered with a dunk on the other end, evening the score at 30-30 at the break.
- Belmont Abbey gained a slim lead early in the second half, but Tyre Moore Jr. regained the lead for King with a triple.
- Moore later broke a tie, starting an 8-0 Tornado run that was capped by an Adonis Wheeler three-point basket that gave King a 43-35 lead.
- The Tornado used a 6-0 run, capped by an Isaiah Curry fastbreak layup that gave King their largest lead of the game at 55-46 with nine minutes remaining.
- However, Belmont Abbey responded with an 11-4, cutting the King lead to 59-57 before Curry knocked down a jump shot.
- The Tornado lead dwindled to one point before Frazier connected from long range and Young followed with a layup to extend the Tornado lead.
- A triple from Frazier in the final minute put the game out of reach as King took the contest 73-67.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Moore led King with 17 points to go along with nine rebounds.
- Young followed with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
- Frazier added 12 points and four assists while Salomon chipped in with 10 points.
FOR THE FOES
- DeQuan Abrom led Belmont Abbey with 21 points while Ben Ferguson added 12 points and five rebounds.
- John Bowen chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Tornado defense held Belmont Abbey to a 39.1 field goal percentage, only the second time this season they have shot under 40.0 percent.
- The nine rebounds for Moore mark a career-high.
- The double-double for Young is his sixth of the season.
- King hosts Barton College at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Student Center Complex.
- Belmont Abbey hosts Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon.