Men's Basketball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

Well-rounded effort gives King win in home-opener

Photo credit: Noah Melendez
Photo credit: Noah Melendez

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team started their home season in impressive fashion on Saturday afternoon, defeating Shorter University. King placed five scorers in double figures in the 108-75 victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 108, Shorter 75
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 3-0; Shorter 1-3

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • King got off to a hot start, opening up a 7-0 lead behind five points from Jordan Floyd as the Hawks called for a timeout in the opening two minutes.
  • James Brown drilled a triple to give King a 12-0 lead before the Hawks got on the scoreboard four minutes into the contest.
  • Shorter called another timeout following another Brown triple that put the Tornado ahead 15-2.
  • In the opening 20 minutes, King shot 50.0 percent from three-point range, going 11-for-22.
  • The Tornado defense was stifling all night long, forcing 14 Shorter turnovers in the first half as King scored 24 points off of those turnovers.
  • The King lead grew to 50-18 following a Josh Releford triple in the first half.
  • A Floyd trifecta in the final minute gave King a 64-34 lead at the break.

Second Half

  • The Tornado opened the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 73-36 lead following a Floyd layup.
  • King earned their largest lead of the game at 106-62 in the final four minutes on an Eric Sanders basket.
  • From there, King took the contest 108-75.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Tornado only committed six turnovers in the contest, their fewest of the season.
  • The King defense accounted for 18 steals and forced 21 Shorter turnovers.
  • Floyd led five King scorers in double figures with 27 points. He added five rebounds and four assists.
  • Brown followed with 16 points and seven rebounds while Mike Salomon added 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
  • Releford chipped in with 14 points while Damion Ottman accounted for 10 points and five rebounds.

FOR THE FOES

  • Bryan Polanco led Shorter with 18 points and 15 rebounds while Frenki Lilaj added 12 points.
  • Keeving Etienne chipped in with 11 points.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The six turnovers for the Tornado is their least amount of turnovers since February 6, 2018, when they had six against North Greenville University.
  • King has had less than 10 turnovers in the last three games, their longest such stretch since 2017-18 when they had a four-game stretch.

UP NEXT

  • King is in action again on Monday night when they take on Lee University at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
  • Shorter hosts Pensacola Christian College on Tuesday.