2011-12 Men's Basketball News

June 29, 2012
King Places Third Among Conference Schools in Learfield Sports Directors Cup
King ranked third among Conference Carolinas institutions and 166th overall among the 244 nationally-ranked schools in the 2011-12 Learfield Director's Cup Standings.

June 29, 2012
Pasqua Highlights in Exhibition for Athletes in Action
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Nick Pasqua led all scorers against a Bulgarian squad touring the United States. (contributed by Nate Hubbard, BHC)

April 30, 2012
Basketball Signee Wheeler Featured in Inspirational Piece
Dave Link of KnoxNews.com puts into words the scary news Aaron Wheeler received four years ago as he began his prep basketball career.

April 18, 2012
Tornado Hoops Sign Four for 2012-13
King Men's Basketball has announced the signings of James Scales, Drew Standifer, Aaron Wheeler, and Malcom St. Louis to the Class of 2015-16.

March 28, 2012
Basketball to Hold Summer Youth Camps
King Men's Basketball will hold two youth camps in between June and July for boys ages 7-17. Registration is now open and can be filled out online!

March 16, 2012
Piccinini Named Winter Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Conference Carolinas has named junior guard Eddie Piccinini the 2011-12 Winter Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his work on and off of the court.

March 10, 2012
Piccinini Delivers Career-High 32 in First Round Defeat
King poured their heart and soul into their first-ever NCAA Tournament game but fell just short in a 67-60 loss to Lincoln Memorial.

March 9, 2012
Tornado Ready to Sweep Through First-Ever NCAA Regional Tournament
No. 5 King College is set to take the court against four-seed Lincoln Memorial for the third time this season on Saturday, 8:30 p.m. CST / 9:30 p.m. EST

March 4, 2012
King is Goin' Dancing! Receives Bid to Compete in NCAA Championships
The Tornado will roll into Montevallo, Ala. for the NCAA Division II Tournament to compete in the Southeast regional bracket versus LMU.

March 3, 2012
"King-Sized" Comeback Falls Just Short
Brian Hewitt and Logan Lyle took over the second half, eliminating a 17-point deficit but the last shot did not fall King's way in a 78-74 loss to Mount Olive.

March 3, 2012
NCAA Division II Regional Selection Show to Air Sunday
Find out King College Men's Basketball's regional postseason destiny by watching the NCAA DII Selection Show on Sunday night!

March 2, 2012
“White Out” the Trojans in Friday Night's Semifinal
Support your Tornado men's basketball team Friday night's Conference Carolinas tourney game versus Mount Olive by "Whiting Out" the Student Center!

March 2, 2012
Lyle Named Conference Freshman of the Year, Pitts Coach of the Year
Conference Carolinas has released its postseason awards. Two have been named to the All-Conference Team while Logan Lyle and Coach George Pitts received high honors.

February 28, 2012
No. 1 Tornado to Host Coker in Tournament Opener
The Conference Carolinas Regular Season Champions (No. 1 West) will host the Coker Cobras (No. 4 East) on Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. at the Student Center

February 28, 2012
Freshman Fortitude, Lyle Scores 24 in Tourney Win
Logan Lyle led the Tornado with 24 points and a key three pointer to give King a late push toward a 69-65 win over Coker in the conference tournament.

February 25, 2012
King Crowned Conference Carolinas Regular Season Champion!
With a win Friday over Erskine College and a loss by Queens on Saturday, the King Tornado are the 2012 Conference Regular Season Champions!

February 24, 2012
Senior Night Good to Hewitt and Co. in Finale
Brian Hewitt continued past the 1,000-point mark with 19 more, helping to lead the Tornado on to a 56-50 win over Erskine in the regular season finale.

February 23, 2012
Eight Named to Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team
King led the way on the courts and in the classroom with a league-high eight student-athletes named to the All-Conference Academic Team.

February 18, 2012
Pfeiffer Rallies to Down King, 89-85
Eddie Piccinini was on fire from three-point range but a late comeback by Pfeiffer halted celebrations at Merner Gym, Friday night.

February 16, 2012
Rankings are Out! King Ranked Second in Southeast Region
In the first regional rankings of the season, the Tornado have been placed second in the Southeast Region.

February 14, 2012
Tornado Back on Track with 73-62 Win Over Bobcats
Logan Lyle notched his first career double-double of his career and matching Brandon Goss' 19 points to lead the Tornado to its13th conference win.

February 11, 2012
Streak Ends as King Quieted by Queens
Logan Lyle led the Tornado with 20 points but fell short in a 70-56 loss to Queens University of Charlotte in their first conference loss of the season.

February 8, 2012
Lyle Scores Career-High to Help Tornado Clinch West Division
Lio Gedeon and Logan Lyle both set career highs while the Tornado cliched the West Division after Wednesday night's win over Belmont Abbey.

February 6, 2012
Join the “Sea of Red” Wednesday Versus Belmont Abbey
Wear your red King gear to Wednesday's "Sea of Red Night" and receive a red rally towel during a doubleheader against the Crusaders.

February 4, 2012
No. 25 King Keeps Streak Alive, Pull Out Victory Over Knights
All five King Tornado starters hit double-digit scoring in a 75-64 victory over St. Andrew's on Saturday. They remain unbeaten in league play, improving to 11-0.

February 3, 2012
Faculty and Staff Recognized for Contributions to King
Tornado student-athletes recognized the efforts of the faculty and staff of King College and honor the 2012 Most Outstanding Professor.

February 2, 2012
Ten Straight! King Defeats NGU to Remain Unbeaten in League Play
Eddie Piccinini continues to take the lead on the offensive end, leading the Tornado to a 77-70 victory over North Greenville to stay undefeated league play.

February 1, 2012
King Announces Washington County Youth Basketball Day
Youth basketball players and their families are invited to attend this Saturday's Tornado basketball games, free of charge.

January 31, 2012
SAAC Names Salata and Piccinini Student-Athletes of the Month
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has named Eddie Piccinini and Julia Salata as Student-Athletes of the Month for January.

January 31, 2012
King Back in NABC/Division II Top-25
Following a nine-game winning streak and excitable play, King Men's Basketball (17-4, 9-0) is back in the NABC Top-25 Coaches' Poll.

January 30, 2012
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night Set for Thursday Basketball Games
Join Tornado Athletics on Thursday, Feb. 2, as we celebrate the contributions of King's staff and faculty while "making a wish" come true!

January 30, 2012
King Falters to V-I in Battle of Bristol
Eddie Piccinini and Logan Lyle both scored 22 points but the Tornado fell to their rivals across state lines, Virginia Intermont by an 82-68 score.

January 26, 2012
Early Jumpstart Guides King to Ninth Straight Win
Eddie Piccinini led the Tornado with 22 points in the team's 85-75 win over Limestone College on Thursday night.

January 24, 2012
Solid Blue Sweeps Through Bristol Thursday
Enjoy free giveaways aplenty and the unification of the King College community while cheering the Tornado basketball teams on, this Thursday night!

January 24, 2012
Good Fortune on Side of King in Tight Win
Junior guard Michael Fortune could not be stopped as he carried the Tornado with 29 points in their 80-79 victory over Erskine College, Tuesday night.

January 21, 2012
King Continues to Roll with Shootout Win Over Bulldogs
Eddie Piccinini led the Tornado with a season-high 30 points in the team's seventh straight win, 98-92 over Barton, to reach the 15-win plateau.

January 20, 2012
Tornado Basketball Brings in Barton for Doubleheader
King Men's and Women's Basketball will host the Barton Bulldogs at the Student Center Complex for a doubleheader of action beginning at 5:30 pm

January 17, 2012
King College Set to Kick Off Tornado Athletic Club
King College will introduce a new way to spread generosity toward Athletics when it introduces the Tornado Athletic Club this Saturday, Jan. 21

January 17, 2012
Hewitt Reels in Third Player of the Week Honor
Senior guard Brian Hewitt earned his third Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor of the year, Tuesday morning.

January 16, 2012
Tornado Topple Bobcats, 72-51
King's ability to jump out of the gate from the start of the game and out of the half led to a 21-point victory over the Lees-McRae Bobcats on Monday night.

January 14, 2012
Hewitt Hones In During Come-from-Behind Victory
Senior Brian Hewitt led the Tornado in a rally that closed a 19-point swing, sealing a 70-66 come-from-behind win on Saturday evening.

January 11, 2012
King Recognized Among Nation’s Top Programs
The Tornado have received votes in the latest NABC Rankings to place them among the nation's best men's basketball teams.

January 10, 2012
King Dispenses Crusaders, 92-81
The best three-point shooters in NCAA Division II were at it again, hitting 14 treys in a victory over Belmont Abbey on Saturday night to improve to 12-3, 4-0.

January 7, 2012
Tornado Stay Unbeaten in League Play After Win Over Trojans
Junior Michael Fortune led the Tornado with 25 points on a tremendous night from the field in an 80-60 victory over Mount Olive College on Saturday evening.

January 4, 2012
Tornado Basketball to Host Community Day on January 7
Join King Athletics as we celebrate Community Day on Jan. 7 where fans can attend for FREE and have their chance at winning a variety of amazing prizes!

January 3, 2012
Tornado Jump Back into League Play with Win Over NGU
Brian Hewitt and Company earned their tenth win of the season with a 79-74 win over North Greenville as the Tornado jumped back into league play Tuesday

December 30, 2011
School Record and Tigers Tumble to Tornado
King hit a record-setting 20 three pointers and earned their ninth win of the season, 102-84, over the Salem International Tigers on Friday.

December 29, 2011
King to Close 2011 with Salem International on Friday
The King Tornado (8-3) will end their non-conference slate and the year with a 3:00 p.m. game against the Salem International Tigers at home.

December 29, 2011
Free Admission to King/Salem Int'l for Arby's Classic Attendees
For those attending the Arby's Classic looking to enjoy more basketball at no cost, free admission will be given to watch King Men's Basketball Dec. 30

December 19, 2011
Christmas Break Basketball Developmental Clinic to be Held Dec. 20-22
Tornado Men's Basketball is holding a three-day basketball developmental clinic for boys ages 7-17 at the Student Center from Dec. 20-22.

December 17, 2011
No. 3 Lincoln Memorial Holds Off Tornado in Rematch
The King Tornado fell just short of upsetting No. 3 Lincoln Memorial on Saturday night, 77-75, in a rematch of their mid-November meeting.

December 16, 2011
King to Host No. 3 Lincoln Memorial on Saturday
Tornado Men's Basketball (8-2, 1-0) continues its home stand against nationally-ranked Lincoln Memorial in a rematch of their November meeting

December 14, 2011
Live Stats Now Available for Tornado Athletics!
Tornado Athletics is proud to unveil a new way for fans to get closer to King events with its new Live Stats feature!

December 10, 2011
Piccinini Helps Pick Apart Jaguars
A late breakaway by King led King to a 66-61 victory over Augusta State as the Tornado won their fourth straight game and improve to 8-2 on the season.

December 9, 2011
Tornado Welcome Augusta State to Student Center, 7pm Saturday
King (7-2) will host the Augusta State Jaguars (2-3) on Saturday night following the Women's Basketball game.

December 7, 2011
Regional Rivalry Renewed, Tornado Host Buffaloes Tonight at 7pm
Join the Tornado men's basketball team at the Student Center tonight (7pm) as they host the Milligan Buffaloes in regional showdown!

December 7, 2011
Hewitt Tagged Male Basketball Player of the Week For Second Time
Following a 32-point night during an upset win over Limestone College, Brian Hewitt was named Conference Carolinas Male Basketball Player of the Week.

December 7, 2011
King Closes Door on Milligan with Late Push
The Tornado hit a string of key free throws to hold off a late charge by the Milligan Buffaloes in a Wednesday night thrilled, 63-60.

November 29, 2011
Hewitt Gets THREEdiculous in Upset Win Over Preseason Favorite
Senior guard Brian Hewitt went 7-for-9 from behind the arc and tallied a season-best 32 points in a 75-67 win over the Limestone Saints, Tuesday night.

November 26, 2011
King Falls at Commerce Classic to Mountain State
King Men's Basketball opened up the Commerce Classic (Bluefield, W.Va.) with an opening round loss to NAIA No. 2 Mountain State, 81-49.

November 26, 2011
Back on Target, King Hits New Three Point Mark in Win Against Bluefield State
The Tornado set a new high for threes made in a game while getting back on track with a 97-78 win over Bluefield State on Saturday night.

November 22, 2011
Hewitt Named Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Senior guard Brian Hewitt has been named the Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Player of the Week after helping King to a 3-0 mark last week.

November 19, 2011
Second Half Surge Leads to Victory Over Carson-Newman
The King Tornado hit 18 three pointers, one short of the school record, in a 79-71 road win over Carson-Newman on Saturday.

November 18, 2011
Fortune Leads King Past Pioneers, 81-70
Junior Michael Fortune scored a team-high 27 points in the Tornado's 11-point win over Tusculum on Friday night.

November 15, 2011
Tornado Breeze Past U-Va Wise, 76-54
Senior captain Eddie Piccinini was one of four King players to shoot over 50 percent and score in double digits in a 76-54 win over UVa-Wise Tuesday night

November 12, 2011
Tornado Outlasted by No. 2 Lincoln Memorial, 75-69
King met No. 2 Lincoln Memorial in their house and played the Railsplitters tough but fell late, 75-69, on Saturday night.

November 11, 2011
Tornado Rally Late to Down Carson-Newman in Opener
King Men's Basketball opened its season successfully with a 79-75 victory over Carson-Newman on Friday night in the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge.

November 10, 2011
Tornado Hoops Hits the Hardwood at LMU Invite on Friday
Are you ready for basketball season?! Men's Hoops begin the season at the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge in Harrogate, Tenn. this weekend.

October 19, 2011
Conference Carolinas Basketball Rankings Released
Tonado Basketball was tabbed to finish fifth in Conference Carolinas while the Lady Tornado were selected to finish eighth in this year's Preseason Coaches' Poll

September 19, 2011
Sign Up Today for the 2011 King College Basketball Coaches Clinic
Local basketball coaches and those interested in honing in their knowledge of the game are invited to learn from some of the best in the business at this year's coaches clinic

August 5, 2011
Damon Johnson to Join Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
King College Athletics and Men's Basketball head coach George Pitts welcomes Damon Johnson as the newest addition to the Tornado Athletic family.