BRISTOL, Tenn. – Facing another tough regional opponent, the King University men's basketball team was locked in a tight contest on Saturday afternoon in the Student Center Complex with Lander University. Hunter LeVeau posted a career-high for the Tornado, but it wasn't enough as the Bearcats outshot King, taking the contest 87-83.
FINAL SCORE: Lander 87, King 83
LOCATION: Student Center Complex, Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 1-3; Lander 2-1
HOW IT HAPPENED
- King used a pair of 5-0 runs in the first four minutes to hold a 10-5 advantage. C.J. Good ended one spurt with a triple and started the next with another trifecta.
- Lander fought back and took a 14-13 lead as the teams started to trade baskets.
- The Bearcats broke a 23-23 tied with a 6-0 run to take a 29-23 advantage before the Tornado came back.
- King scored eight of the next 10 points, capped one of LeVeau's nine three-point baskets in the game, evening the tally at 31 with six minutes remaining in the first half.
- LeVeau nailed another triple with two minutes remaining in the frame, but the Bearcats closed the half on a 6-0 run to take a 45-41 lead into the break.
- Lander earned their largest lead of the game with a triple to open the second half, taking a 48-41 lead before LeVeau caught fire.
- LeVeau hit a triple, and Derick Pope followed with another before LeVeau connected on two more trifectas.
- Good gave King a 56-52 lead with a three-point basket and LeVeau connected again from long range, his fourth of the half in just over four minutes and ninth of the contest, giving King a 59-55 lead.
- With 12 minutes remaining, Pope made a free throw, giving King their largest advantage of the game, 64-58.
- Pope again connected from long range, giving King a 75-70 lead before the Bearcats went on a run.
- Lander scored six straight points to take a 76-75 lead, but Je'Don Young answered with a jump shot to beat the shot clock, giving the lead back to the Tornado.
- Nicklas Jonsson gave Lander an 82-77 lead with a triple with six minutes remaining.
- Jordan Floyd pulled King within three with a layup and LeVeau cut the Tornado deficit to 82-81 with 2:35 remaining.
- However, JR Washington made a layup for the Bearcats and then nailed a three-point basket with 21 seconds left, giving Lander an 87-81 lead.
- Good made a layup in the waning seconds, but Lander held on to take the 87-83 victory.
- LeVeau led King with 29 points, going 10-for17 from the floor and 9-for-14 from three-point range.
- Good followed with 23 points, shooting 5-for-10 from three and 8-for-14 from the floor.
- Pope added 16 points and nine rebounds
- Noble Fahnbulleh handed out a team-high six assists and Floyd dished out five helpers.
- King shot 45.9 percent from the floor and 48.6 percent from long range.
FOR THE FOES
- The Bearcats outrebounded King 39-29 and shot 50.9 percent from the floor.
- Lander also shot 57.1 percent from three-point range.
- Jonsson led five lander scorers in double figures with 20 points.
- Jarryd Coleman followed with 15 points and Washington chipped in with 13 points, six assists and nine rebounds.
- Rahu Purdie scored 12 points and added five rebounds and five assists while Jordan Dingle chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- LeVeau scored a career-high 29 points, better his previous high of 28 that was set January 23, 2015 at the University of Mount Olive.
- Making nine three-point baskets in the game, LeVeau tied teammate Good for second in school history. Brian Combs has the school record of 13 triples in game, coming in 1990.
- King opens Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday night when they host North Greenville University. Tipoff from the Student Center Complex is slated for 7:30 p.m.
- The Bearcats host Fayetteville State University on Friday.