WILSON, N.C. – Winning road games in conference play is always tough, and the King University men's basketball team experienced that on Saturday night at Barton College. The Tornado topped the Bulldogs in the Student Center Complex earlier this month, but Barton turned the table on their home court, topping King 87-61.
The teams traded blows in the early going as neither team held more than a three point advantage over the first 10 minutes of the contest. King (10-9, 7-2 CC) finally started to grab a little separation following a C.J. Good three-point basket that gave the Tornado an 18-14 lead with 10 minutes left in the frame. The Tornado advantage was again four when Scottie Hendricks nailed a triple and James Scales followed with a fastbreak bucket to give King a 25-16 lead with five minutes left in the half.
King's lead reached nine again following a Hunter LeVeau triple a minute later before Barton (11-9, 7-3 CC) started to come back. The Bulldogs cut the deficit to two, but Good answered with a triple in the final minute to extend the lead back to five. However, Kendall Patterson drained three-point basket with three seconds left in the half to make the score 33-31 in favor of King at the break.
The Bulldog offense didn't slow down in the second half had Brian Mcnair opened the frame with a triple to give Barton the lead. Following a Malcolm St. Louis bucket that gave the lead back to King, Khari Faison sparked a 10-0 Bulldog run with a layup. A Hendricks layup finally ended the spurt to make the score 46-37 with 16 minutes to go.
With King trailing by 11, LeVeau connected on another shot from long range before Logan Lyle made a layup to cut the King deficit to 50-44 with 14 minutes left. However, the Bulldog offense quickly responded with a 14-0 to give them a commanding 64-44 lead with 11:31 left.
King cut their deficit down to 16 with eight minutes left, but couldn't get any closer as the Bulldogs took the game 87-61. Barton shot 53.2 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point range in the win while holding King to 38.3 percent from the floor and 23.3 percent from long range. Barton's Chris Flemmings poured in a game-high 32 points.
LeVeau led King with 22 points while Scales added eight off the bench. St. Louis snared a team-high eight rebounds, and Shamarae Watts grabbed seven boards.
King returns home on Wednesday to face Erskine College at the Student Center Complex. The game is the first in a four-game homestand for the Tornado. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.