Men's Basketball

4 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

Floyd breaks school record, King escapes Erskine to earn share of CC title

Photo Credit: Tyler Feaster
Photo Credit: Tyler Feaster

BRISTOL, Tenn. – It wasn't easy, but the 25th-ranked King University men's basketball team clinched at least a share of the Conference Carolinas regular season title on Wednesday night in the Student Center Complex. Jordan Floyd poured in a school-record 47 points, including the game-winner with 5.7 seconds remaining in overtime as King escaped with a 97-95 win over Erskine College.

THE BASICS
FINAL: #25 King 97, Erskine 95 (F/OT)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 20-6, 14-4 Conference Carolinas; Erskine 7-17, 4-14 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

  • The Tornado offense struggle in the first half, shooting only 37.1 percent from the floor while Erskine shot 48.5 percent from the floor.
  • King held a 12-8 lead in the early going, but a 6-0 Erskine run put the Flying Fleet ahead and they stayed there for the majority of the half.
  • Erskine 10 of the final 13 points of the opening half, including seven straight to take a 40-33 lead at the break.

Second Half

  • Mike Salomon opened the second half on a mission, drilling three straight triple to even the score at 42 as Erskine called timeout two minutes into the half.
  • However, Erskine responded by scoring eight straight points, opening up their largest lead of the night at 50-42 with 16 minutes remaining.
  • Every time the Tornado got close early in the half, Erskine had an answer and extended their lead.
  • Midway through the half, the Tornado offense took off. Consecutive triple from Salomon and Floyd gave King a 66-65 lead.
  • Floyd then drilled another trifecta, giving King a 71-65 lead with eight minutes remaining as the Flying Fleet called timeout.
  • Out of the break, Erskine scored six straight points, ended the longest run of the night for the Tornado, 13-0.
  • The teams then traded blows down the stretch and King held an 85-82 lead following a Floyd basket with 48 seconds remaining.
  • However, Emandi Brooks connected from long range to even the score with 27 seconds remaining.
  • The final attempt for the Tornado was off the mark, sending the game to overtime.
  • King shot 62.5 percent in the second half, but the Flying Fleet made 75.0 percent of their shots.

Overtime

  • Floyd started the extra session with a three-point play, but the Flying Fleet came back and evened the score.
  • Josh Releford beat the shot clock with a deep three-point basket that vaulted the Tornado into a 95-93 lead with 1.51 remaining.
  • Erskine evened the score with 34 seconds remaining has King head coach George Pitts called timeout.
  • Out of the break, Floyd pulled-up from the right block and made the jump shot with 5.7 seconds remaining.
  • The final effort for Erskine was off the mark, giving King the 97-95 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Floyd poured in 47 points, 34 in the second half and overtime.
  • Salomon followed with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
  • Releford added 15 points and Damion Ottman snared 10 rebounds and added seven points.

FOR THE FOES

  • Trent Smoot Jr. led Erskine with 23 points while Jaywaun Washington followed with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Malcolm Green added 20 points and Jordan Watson chipped in with 18 points and six rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The overtime contest was the second time in as many weeks the teams went to overtime. Two weeks ago, King defeated Erskine 106-102 in double overtime in Due West, S.C.
  • Floyd broke his own school record of 43 points, which he set four times, with 47 points.
  • He now is fourth on the all-time scoring list, passing Logan Lyle. Floyd now has 1,776 career points.
  • The win clinches at least a share of the Conference Carolinas regular season title, the fourth for the Tornado under Pitts.
  • The victory is also the 20th of the season for the Tornado, the eighth time they have accomplished that feat under Pitts.

UP NEXT

  • King travels to Limestone College on Saturday. Tipoff from Gaffney, S.C. is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
  • Erskine travels to Belmont Abbey College on Saturday night.

 

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