Hewitt Gets THREEdiculous in Upset Win Over Preseason Favorite
Hewitt finished with 32 points and hit 80 percent of his field goals, going 12-of-15 from the field. Seven of his 12 makes were from behind the arc and accounted for 21 points. Through eight games, his 32 points are the most by a King player this season.
The Lexington, Ky. native also found himself back in the Tornado record books, becoming the fifth different player to hit seven treys in a game, marking the third most in a single game in program history. It is also the second time Hewitt hit seven or more threes in a game during his career. He also hit eight against Alice Lloyd less than a year ago on Jan. 22, 2011. Brian Combs has the all-time mark hitting 13 in a game versus Warren Wilson on Nov. 16, 1990.
King (6-2, 1-0) jumped out to a 10-3 run fueled by five points by freshman Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) and one of Hewitt's three made two-point attempts. The Tornado increased their lead to 11 as Hewitt began to heat up, but also had help from Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) who hit one of his three treys and Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) who tallied four of his 16 points by this time. Limestone slimmed the lead to six with 2:34 remaining in the first half, but King ended the first on an 11-3 run to build a 14-point led at half. Hewitt ended the half hitting back-to-back threes and Fortune complimented with his second trifecta during the run. The score at the half was King 42, Limestone 28.
The Tornado did not let off the gas beginning the second half with a 10-5 advantage behind five Piccinini points. The 19-point led was the largest King possessed throughout the game but maintained a 10-point or better lead until the final three seconds of the game.
Piccinini and Fortune both joined Hewitt with 10 or more points, ending with 16 and 13 respectively. Piccinini led the team with four rebounds and added a pair of assists. Fortune led King with a trio of steals and added three assists.
King forced 15 Limestone turnovers and turned them into 20 points while committing only nine turnovers themselves. The Limestone bench outscored King's, 31-10. The Saints also had five double-digit scorers, two coming from the bench. Charles Blue led the Saints with 14 points off the pine.
The Navy and Scarlett have now won five of their last six games with the victory over Limestone. It was also their first-ever Conference Carolinas win in program history in just their first attempt after joining the league this year. Limestone was voted No. 1 in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll with five first place votes while King was ranked fifth. King hosts its first home game of the season in their upcoming game on Dec. 7. The Tornado will bring in local rival Milligan College to the Student Center for a 7:00 p.m. matchup to begin a four-game home stand.