January 7, 2012

Tornado Stay Unbeaten in League Play After Win Over Trojans

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Fueled by a 42-point second half offensive showing and partnered with strong defensive play, King College extended a six-point halftime lead to 20 by game's end on the way to their 11th victory of the season. The Tornado defeated the Mount Olive Trojans 80-60 on Saturday evening behind strong shooting and Michael Fortune's 25 points.

Post game audio
Michael Fortune - click here
Head Coach George Pitts - click here
Fortune led all scorers and was just two points short of matching his season high in points in a game (27) he set against Tusculum on Nov. 18. The Beckley, W.Va. native hit 75 percent of his 12 field goals taken and hit 3-of-4 three pointers. He was perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe and added four rebounds in the win.

 

Through the entire first half neither team led by more than four points until Deshaun Greer (Lewisburg, Tenn.) put in the final bucket of the half with five seconds to go on a layup. The Tornado and Trojans went back and forth for the first 20 minutes with the Navy and Scarlett leading 38-33 at the end of the half.

That advantage stayed true through much of the second half until King began to break away near the seven-minute mark. Following a layup by senior Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) and Fortune hit one of his four second-half field goals, senior center Lio Gideon (Marsh Harbor, Bahamas) helped spark a 17-3 run to close the game. Gideon and Greer hit back-to-back shots in the paint followed by a pair of free throws by Greer to reach a double-digit lead. Gideon also brought down a pair of rebounds to thwart any attempt at late, second-chance points for the Trojans as part of his team-leading 10 total boards.

Mount Olive missed their final seven shots consecutively as King increased the defensive pressure. At the end of the run, King celebrated an 80-60 victory.

To add to Fortune's success, three additional Tornado notched 10 or more points. Brian Hewitt finished with 15 points while Eddie Piccinini and Brandon Goss ended with 12 and 11 points, respectively. DeShaun Greer ended the night with a season-high five points in six minutes off of the bench.

King improves to 11-3 overall and remains unbeaten in league play with their third win in Conference Carolinas this season. They now prepare for two road games against Belmont Abbey (Jan. 10) and Coker (Jan. 14) to be played following the Lady Tornado's game with each school.