January 15, 2014

LeVeau's double-double leads King to win at Limestone

GAFFNEY, S.C. – The King University men's basketball team continued their hot play of late, winning their fourth straight game in 2014. The Tornado traveled to Conference Carolinas foe Limestone College on Wednesday night and came away with an 82-76 victory behind Hunter LeVeau's second double-double of the season.

James Scales kick started the King offense when he drilled his only three-point basket of the game nearly two minutes in to give the Tornado (8-8, 5-1 CC) a 3-0 lead. After a Saint free throw, LeVeau and C.J. Good connected on back-to-back triples to stretch the lead to 9-1 nearly five minutes in.

Later in the half, King scored eight straight points, half of them from Drew Standifer on the run that stretched the Tornado lead to 19-8. After a Limestone bucket, Standifer started a 7-0 that gave King a 26-10 lead with another layup. Logan Lyle gave King their largest lead of the half at 29-12 with a three-point basket. Good stretched the lead back to 17 with a triple with 32 seconds left in the first half, but the Saints made a layup with five seconds left to make the halftime score 42-27.

Limestone (10-5, 2-3 CC) came out and cut into the lead to start the second half, but the Tornado lead never fell under 11 points. Scottie Hendricks gave King their largest lead of the game, 60-42 with one of his three triples in the game with just under 12 minutes remaining. After Hendricks converted on a pair of free throws, the Saints began to come back.

The Saints scored nine straight points, including a PJ Foster triple that cut the Limestone deficit to 62-54 with 10 minutes remaining. Scales ended the Saint run with a layup, before the Saints went on another run. Limestone scored six of the next eight points to shave their deficit to just 66-61 with seven minutes to go.

However, LeVeau came up with a triple and a layup to stretch the King advantage back to 10 points. Good then drilled a triple of his own to give King a 74-62 lead with 4:45 left. However, the Saints didn't go away easily as the scored seven straight points to whittle the King lead back to just five points with three minutes remaining.

After a pair of Good free throws, King held a sizeable lead at 78-70 with 43 seconds left. However, the Saints hit back-to-back three-point baskets around a pair of Lyle free throws to make the score 80-76 with just 17 seconds left. Good iced King's 82-76 win when he hit two free throws with 15 seconds left.

The Tornado shot 50.0 percent from the floor and 46.7 percent from three while holding Limestone to 37.9 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from three.

LeVeau led King with 18 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Good (15), Lyle (13) and Hendricks with 11 points all joined LeVeau in double figures.

The Tornado have nearly a week off until they face Belmont Abbey College on Tuesday. Tipoff from the Student Center Complex is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.