Tornado drop season opener to UVa-Wise
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team opened the season with home game against UVa-Wise at the Student Center Complex. After King scored the game's first basket, the Cavalier defense clamped down and withstood a late Tornado run as UVa-Wise took the 74-64 victory.
Scottie Hendricks drilled a three-point basket to start the game, but UVa-Wise (1-0) came right back and scored seven straight points to take a 7-3 lead three minutes into the game. Drew Standifer pulled King (0-1) within 14-10 before the Cavaliers went on another run, scoring eight straight points to take a 22-10 lead with six minutes remaining in the first half.
Standifer answered with a layup, and C.J. Good nailed a three-point basket to pull King back within seven, but the Cavaliers extended their lead to 12 points at halftime following a Matt Day layup with four seconds left. The Tornado shot 25.9 percent from the field in the first frame while UVa-Wise shot 42.3 percent.
The Cavalier lead swelled to as many as 23 points before the Tornado began to come back. Logan Lyle hit one of his two three-point baskets in the game to pull King within 58-41 with less than nine minutes remaining. With less than six minutes left, Hunter LeVeau drilled back-to-back triples to bring the Student Center Complex crow to their feet and cut King's deficit to 65-57.
However, the Tornado were never able to get closer than eight points as the Cavaliers' offensive rebounding and free throw shooting proved too much for the Tornado, taking the game 74-64.
UVa-Wise shot 42.6 percent from the floor while holding King to a 38.3 field goal percentage. The Cavaliers also out-rebounded the Tornado 48-31, with 17 of their 48 boards coming on the offensive end.
Standifer led King with 14 points while Lyle chipped in with 12 points. LeVeau added 11 points, and led the Tornado with eight rebounds.
For UVa-Wise, Deon Boyce scored 18 points to go along with 16 rebounds while Day accounted for 13 points and 11 boards.
King will be in action again on Wednesday at the Student Center Complex as they host Mars Hill University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.