Men's Basketball

4 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

Tornado offense stays hot in triumph over Limestone

Photo credit: Dakota Bowman
Photo credit: Dakota Bowman

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team recorded another stellar shooting performance on Saturday afternoon in the Student Center Complex. The Tornado again shot better than 50 percent in their 97-71 victory over Limestone College.

THE BASICS
FINAL: King 97, Limestone 71
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 12-5, 7-3 Conference Carolinas; Limestone 3-17, 2-10 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • The opening 20 minutes were tight in the early going as there were three lead changes and one tie.
  • Limestone scored the first five points, but King answered with seven straight to take the lead on a Mike Salomon trifecta.
  • King then went on a 9-3 run, capped by a Damion Ottman three-point basket that gave King a 17-11 lead seven minutes into the contest.
  • The Saints stayed close until King closed the final five minutes of the half on a 14-1 spurt.
  • Justin Frazier started the onslaught with a basket that forced a Limestone timeout.
  • Over the final three minutes, King outscored Limestone 9-0, including a James Brown, put-back dunk and triple that came within 10 seconds to give King a 46-28 lead at the break.

Second Half

  • The Tornado shooting improved in the second half as they shot 60.0 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from three in the final 20 minutes.
  • As Brown ended the first half, he started the second half with a basket, capping the Tornado run at 11-0.
  • The King lead then stayed above 20 points for the remainder of the contest and grew to as many as 38 in the 97-71 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Jordan Floyd led King with 28 points, leading four scorers in double figures.
  • Josh Releford followed with 15 points and three assists while Brown added 14 points and five rebounds.
  • Frazier added 13 points and five assists while Ottman added eight points and 10 rebounds.

FOR THE FOES

  • Elijah Lockhart led Limestone with 19 points while Ben Gahlert followed with 12 points.
  • Chance Prandy added 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • King has shot better than 50.0 percent in six of their last eight games, going 6-2 in that stretch.

UP NEXT

  • King takes to the road to face Johnson University (Tenn.) on Wednesday night. Tipoff from Knoxville is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
  • Limestone travels to Lees-McRae College on Wednesday night.
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