BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King Tornado pounded the paint all game long and put up a 51-point second half to run away with a 91-58 victory over Mount Olive College on Saturday evening. Freshman Drew Standifer scored a new career-high 23 points and was part of a tremendous shooting night in which King hit better than 58 percent of their shots from the field.
Standifer, a freshman from Knoxville, Tenn., scored 13 of his 23 points and recorded all five of his rebounds in the first half. He went 7-for-8 at the charity stripe in the frame to help King built a 12-point lead going into the locker room.
Standifer was one of three King players to enter double figures in scoring on the night. Joining him was senior Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) who tallied 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field including a trio of threes. Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) put together a 17-point night. He went a perfect 4-for-4 from the line and three of his five field goals were from beyond the arc.
King built its lead by a wider margin in the second half with thanks to their close-range play. The Tornado scored 46 of their 91 points in the pain, including a pair of dunks from freshman Malcolm St. Louis and Drew Standifer.
Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) distributed the ball well with his season-high seven assists and forced three steals on the defensive end, tying Lyle for most steals on the night. Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) helped King outrebound Mount Olive (40-38) with his team-high nine boards.
King's big breakaway came from the end of the first half when the Tornado ran out on a 32-9 run that spanned over 10 minutes in length. Eddie Piccinini and Logan Lyle set the tone from the start with back-to-back threes and momentum kept riding in King's direction when Malcolm St. Louis threw down a dunk after Logan Lyle hit four straight free throws stemming from consecutive technical fouls being administered to the Trojans. Their lead grew to 29 points, 65-36, near the 12-minute mark and hit a game-high 33 by night's end.
With three games remaining, King will play its final two at home against Coker (Feb. 23) and North Greenville (March 1). Their next contest will be on the road against Limestone on Feb. 20 in a key Conference Carolinas game in Gaffney, S.C. King edged out Limestone in the Student Center on Jan. 24, 76-73. Gametime against Limestone is set for 7:30 p.m. Live stats, audio, and video will be available at www.KingTornado.com.