Late run leads King to win at Tusculum

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team continued to play on the road and took a well-deserved win at Tusculum College. The Pioneers closed the gap to six points late in the second half, but the Tornado closed the game on a 14-1 run to take the 85-66 win.

The Tornado (4-5) started the game on the right foot as Michael Fortuned drilled a three-point basket, and Shamarae Watts followed with a layup to give King an early 5-0 lead. Drew Standifer stretched the lead to seven, at 10-3 with a layup with more than 17 minutes remaining in the frame.

The advantage grew to eight points before Tusculum's Addison Flynn drilled a triple to pull the Pioneers (1-9) within 22-19 almost halfway through the first stanza. However, Logan Lyle answered with a three-point basket of his own, and Fortune immediately registered a steal and a layup to stretch King's lead back to eight points.

Lyle connected on another three-point basket, and James Scales converted a layup with less than seven minutes remaining in the first half to give King their largest lead of the half at 34-23. The Tornado advantaged hovered between eight and 11 points the rest of the half, and Lyle made a pair of free throws with 1:43 left in the stanza to give King a 43-35 halftime lead.

The Tornado quickly extended their lead to 15 points following three-point baskets by Lyle and Hunter LeVeau as King held a 56-41 lead with 15:33 remaining. However, the Pioneers answered with back-to-back triples to cut the deficit to nine. Darius Carter capped the 8-0 Tusculum run with a pair of free throws that made the score 56-49 with 14:14 left.

King weathered the storm and free throws by throws by Standifer and Fortune gave King a 71-57 lead with less than eight minutes remaining. Nevertheless, the Pioneers made another run to cut their deficit teo 71-65 with just more than six minutes remaining.

At that point, the Tornado defense dug in, only allowing one point the rest of the way, a free throw with 46 seconds remaining. However, Fortune sparked the Tornado offense with a layup, and Good followed with four free throws to put King back up by 12. Good followed with his sixth three-point basket of the night and Malcolm St. Louis stretched King's lead to 82-75. Fortune made his second triple of the game to give the Tornado their largest advantage at 85-65 as King went on to take the game 86-65.

King shot 50.9 percent in the game, including a 57.1 mark in the second half while holding the Pioneers to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. The Tornado mad 15 of their 16 free throw attempts for a 93.8 percentage. The Tornado outrebounded Tusculum 39-29, including 11 offensive boards.

Good led King with a career-high 22 points on 6-for-8 shooting from three-point range and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Fortune followed with 14 points and Lyle chipped in with 11. Watts grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to go along with eight points and a team-high three assits.

King will be in action again on Saturday when they travel to take on Johnson C. Smith University. Tipoff from Charlotte, N.C., is scheduled for7:30 p.m.