Men's Basketball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

Tornado fall in overtime at Barton

Photo credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo credit: Dakota Bastin

WILSON, N.C. – The King University men's basketball team took to the road to open the Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Championship on Tuesday night. The sixth-seeded Tornado held a lead at third-seeded Barton at the half, but the Bulldogs came back to force overtime. Barton outscored the Tornado in the extra session as the Bulldogs took the contest 95-89.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: No. 3 Barton 95, No. 6 King 89 (F/OT)
LOCATION: Wilson Gymnasium; Wilson, N.C.
RECORDS: King 15-14; Barton 22-7

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • King put together one of their best halves of the season, shooting a blistering 70.8 percent while holding Barton to 37.1 percent from the floor.
  • The Tornado knocked down eight triples in the opening 20 minutes, two each from Justin Frazier, Desmond Davis and Mike Salomon.
  • Tristan Upchurch and Gabriel Gonzalez also knocked down trifectas.
  • The score was tied for the fourth and final time in the first half at 13 when Gonzalez connected from three-point range.
  • Upchurch followed with his triple, giving King the lead with 13 minutes remaining in the half.
  • Frazier gave King their largest lead of the half at 41-29 with a three-point play.
  • Barton scored the final points of the half, a triple from Jeff Gordon, but King held a 46-37 lead at the break.

Second Half

  • The Bulldogs tried to get their offense going early in the second half, but King answered each time to extend their lead.
  • Barton cut their deficit to six points twice, but Jordan Young answered with a layup the first time and Davis connected from long range the second time.
  • Tyre Moore Jr. gave King their largest lead of the game at 71-57 with a layup with nine minutes remaining.
  • However, the Bulldog offense heated up at that point, scoring 11 straight points to cut the King lead to 71-68.
  • Salomon ended the Tornado drought when he connected from long range.
  • Each time Barton pulled within two, King answered with a buck, extending their lead back to four.
  • King led 80-76 with two minutes remaining, but Barton scored five straight points to take an 82-80. That was the Bulldogs' first lead since they held a 14-13 advantage in the first half.
  • Frazier evened the score when he made a layup with 41 seconds remaining.
  • Neither team was able to score in the final seconds, sending the game to overtime.

Overtime

  • Barton opened the extra session by scoring seven of the first eight points, including six straight to open up an 89-83 lead.
  • King could not overcome the deficit as the Bulldogs escaped with the 95-89 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Frazier led the Tornado with 24 points while Davis followed with 20 points and six assists.
  • Salomon added 14 points, knocking down four triples.
  • Moore chipped in with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.
  • Young grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

FOR THE FOES

  • Isaiah Reddish and Isaiah Buck-Lowman led Barton with 18 points apiece. Reddish added six rebounds.
  • Matt Woods followed with 14 points and Michael Boykin chipped in with 13 points.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The Tornado shot 54.4 percent from the floor, their third-best shooting game of the season. King shot better than 50.0 four times on the season.
  • Davis poured in a career-high 20 points, topping his previous best of 12.
  • Seniors Davis and Moore played their final game wearing the scarlet and navy.
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