Men's Basketball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

King tops Johnson in nonconference tilt

Photo credit: Tyler Feaster
Photo credit: Tyler Feaster

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team did most of the heavy lifting in the first half of their 94-74 win over Johnson University (Tenn.). The Tornado shot better than 50 percent and raced out to a 23-point halftime lead as they cruised to the 94-74 victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 94, Johnson 74
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 5-1; Johnson 5-5

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • Johnson got out to a 6-2 lead before a Josh Releford triple ignited an 11-0 run for the Tornado.
  • Damion Ottman converted an old fashioned three-point play before Justin Frazier gave King a 13-6 lead with a triple.
  • The Royals came back to even the score at 13 before King rolled off nine straight points, capped by a James Brown bucket that gave King a 22-13 lead nine minute into the contest.
  • The Tornado later used an 18-4 spurt, stretching their advantage to 44-24 following a Mike Salomon triple.
  • Brown gave King their largest lead of the half at 54-27 with a layup before the Royals scored the final four points of the half.
  • King held a 54-31 lead at the break after shooting 52.5 percent from the floor.

Second Half

  • Johnson tried to come back a couple of times, but each time they would get close, King would answer.
  • The Royals pulled within 57-41, but the Tornado came back with nine straight points to stretch their lead back to 67-41.
  • King gained their largest lead of the game at 80-50 with eight minutes remaining following a pair of Ottman free throws.
  • Johnson came back, but King eventually took the contest 94-74.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Brown led King with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Ottman followed with 15 points and Frazier chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds.

FOR THE FOES

  • Coby Jones led Johnson with 22 points while Estiven Estacio followed with 10 points and nine rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The double-double for Brown is his first of the year and second of his career.

UP NEXT

  • King opens Conference Carolinas play on December 4 when they host rival Lees-McRae College in the Student Center Complex at 7:30 p.m.
  • Johnson travels to Cambellsville University on December 2.