MISENHEIMER, N.C. – King Men's Basketball held an early lead that was never relinquished in the team's conference opener, resulting in a 103-78 victory over the Pfeiffer Falcons. Five Tornado players finished the game with 10 or more points helping them to their third straight victory to start the 2012-13 campaign.
After falling behind by four points in the first two minutes of the contest, King responded with a 15-0 run to take a 16-5 lead by the 13-minute mark of the first half. Senior captain Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) spurred the run by converting a three-point play when he made a layup and fouled on the play. After giving his team a 6-5 lead, King continued the run to build their lead to 12 points under the 12-minute mark.
King regained a double-digit lead with a three-point make by freshman Aaron Wheeler (Morristown, Tenn.) with 9:23 remaining in the first half and never trailed by less than 10 points from the moment on. King extended that lead to as 24 with less than two minutes to go in the first half when James Scales got in on the scoring action, giving King a 55-31 lead. The Tornado took a 16 point lead into the locker room with Logan Lyle scoring 17 of his 19 total points in the first 20 minutes of action.
Both teams came out firing in the second half with Pfeiffer creeping back into the game near the midway point of the second half after Kenny Tappin hit a three pointer to draw within 11. King replied with seven consecutive points through buckets from Piccinini, senior Jason Seymore, and freshman Drew Standifer.
King hit the 100-point mark with a layup with 1:49 remaining in the game and built their largest lead of the night, 28 points, when Brandon Crompton hit a short-range jump shot with under a minute left, 103-75.
With his 19 points, Logan Lyle is now the third different leading scorer in King's three games this season. Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) posted his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor.
King (3-0, 1-0) shot north of 54 percent with aid of 4-for-6 shooting nights from both Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) and Aaron Wheeler. Both were part of a five-man party that posted 10 or more points on the night as Fortune ended the game with 11 points while Wheeler ended with 15. Also finishing with 10-plus points was Eddie Piccinini with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.
The Tornado will continue play on the road when they play the Mars Hill Lions in nonconference action on Nov. 20. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. They will return to the Student Center Complex on Dec. 1 when they host Queens (N.C.).
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