November 23, 2013

Tornado take comeback win in first road test

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team faced their first road trip of the season and fell behind Trevecca Nazarene University early in the first half. However, the Tornado came back and turned a two point halftime lead into an 83-67 win.

The game couldn't have started any better for Trevecca Nazarene (1-5) as they hit a triple to start the game and followed that with a 7-0 run to take a 10-3 lead more than three minutes into the contest. James Scales and Shamarae Watts hit back-to-back triples to pull King back within one before responded.  Trevecca Nazarene earned their largest lead of the game at 31-20 before the Tornado (2-2) started their comeback.

Malcolm St. Louis sparked a 13-2 run with a layup, and Logan Lyle followed with a three-point basket. Lyle hit another triple before Hunter LeVeau made a layup and C.J. Good took a pass from LeVeau and evened the score at 33 all with a fastbreak triple with just over four minutes remaining in the first half. The score was again tied at 39 before Lyle hit a jumper with three seconds left in the first half to give King a two point advantage at halftime.

King shot 45.5 percent from the floor and 40.7 percent from three-point range in the first half while the Trojans shot 46.2 percent from three and 44.8 percent from the floor.

The Tornado defense clamped down on the Trojans in the second half as they made just seven field goals and shot 29.2 percent from the floor. King's three-point shooting also picked up in the second half, making nine of their 19 attempts for a 47.4 percentage.

Trevecca Nazarene took an early four point lead in the second half, and held a 50-47 lead before Michael Fortune sparked a King run with a triple five minutes into the second half. St. Louis followed with a layup before Lyle hit a three-point basket and LeVeau made the run 10-0 with a fasbreak layup. The run was capped at 13-0 following another Lyle triple with more than 12 minutes remaining in the game.

King's lead grew to as many as 19 points on two occasions, both following Lyle three-point baskets, the first with 6:49 remaining and the other with 1:41 left as King went on to take the game 83-67.

Lyle led King with 23 points, going 7-for-16 from long range and 8-for-18 from the floor. Good followed with 15 points, all coming from beyond the arc where he went 5-for-9. LeVeau chipped in with 12 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Fortune dished out a team-high five assists to go along with six points and four rebounds.

King will be in action again on Friday when they travel to the Bill Joergerns Memorial Classic hosted by University of Southern Indiana. The Tornado take on the 18th ranked hosts on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET before facing fourth ranked Bellarmine University on Saturday.