Men's Basketball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

Hot shooting Tornado take win at SWU

Photo credit: Dakota Bowman
Photo credit: Dakota Bowman

CENTRAL, S.C. – Early in the Conference Carolinas schedule, the King University men's basketball team already avenged a defeat last month to Southern Wesleyan University. The Tornado posted their best shooting performance of the season to take the 90-77 road victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL: King 90, Southern Wesleyan 77
LOCATION: Tysinger Gymnasium; Central, S.C.
RECORDS: King 9-4, 4-2 Conference Carolinas; Southern Wesleyan 7-7, 3-3 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • Jordan Floyd got off to a hot start for the Tornado, drilling a triple in the opening minute as King jumped out to a 5-2 lead.
  • Floyd then drilled back-to-back triples before a Brandon Lamberth layup gave King a 13-4 lead five minutes and forced a Warrior timeout.
  • James Brown later capped a 7-0 spurt with a trifecta, giving King their largest lead of the half at 33-20 with five minutes remaining until halftime.
  • Southern Wesleyan cut into their deficit, but King led 41-33 at the break after shooting 53.1 percent from the floor and holding Southern Wesleyan to a 32.4 field goal percentage.

Second Half

  • The Warriors cut their deficit to seven with a triple in the opening two minutes, but Mike Salomon came back with a trifecta of his own to stretch the King lead back to 46-36.
  • Six straight Tornado points, capped by a Salomon basket extended the King advantage to 55-38 with 16 minutes remaining.
  • The Warriors were able to pull within 10, but King came back and extended their lead, eventually taking their largest advantage of the game at 73-55 following a Brown layup with six minutes remaining.
  • From there the Tornado traded baskets with the Warriors to take the contest 90-77.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Tornado posted their best shooting percentage of the season at 58.7 percent.
  • Floyd led King with 36 points, shooting 5-for-9 from three-point range.
  • Salomon followed with 17 points while Brown and Lamberth added 11 points each.
  • Damion Ottman snared a team-high 11 rebounds and scored seven points.

FOR THE FOES

  • Ta'Jay Dunlap scored 31 points while Cameron Holmes followed with 14 points and nine rebounds.
  • Trenard Ferrell chipped in with 10 points.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Floyd posts his seventh 30-point performance of the season.
  • Salomon scored a season-high 17 points.
  • The 58.7 field goal percentage was the fourth time this season King has shot at least 50.0 percent in a game.

UP NEXT

  • King returns home to face the University of Mount Olive on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Southern Wesleyan travels to North Greenville University on Wednesday.
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