BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team opened Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday night in the Student Center Complex and need all of Hunter LeVeau's career-high to defeat North Greenville University. The Tornado closed the game on a 7-0 run, including five from LeVeau to defeat North Greenville 71-67.
FINAL SCORE: King 71, North Greenville 67
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 2-3, 1-0 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 4-1, 0-1 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- North Greenville got off to a hot start, scoring the first eight points of the contest.
- However, the Tornado answered with C.J. Good starting an 11-0 run with a triple and jump shot. Mack Owens evened the score with a layup and Dontae Campbell drilled a three-point basket to put King ahead.
- The Crusaders came back and took a 19-18 lead with six minutes remaining in the first half before the Tornado went on another run.
- Good again started the spurt with a triple and Noble Fahnbulleh made a fastbreak layup before converting and old fashioned three-point play. Good connected from long range again before LeVeau nailed a triple, capping the 13-0 run that put the Tornado ahead 32-19.
- LeVeau scored the final points of the half on a jump shot, giving King a 39-28 lead at the break.
- North Greenville gradually worked their way back over the first 10 minutes of the second half, taking a 52-50 lead following a Matt Moore triple.
- The Crusaders then held a 56-52 lead when LeVeau made a three-point basket from the corner and was fouled. He made the free throw, evening the tally at 56-56 with 7:38 remaining.
- However, North Greenville answered by scoring five of the next six points, opening up a 62-57 lead before LeVeau made a jump shot and later nailed another trifecta.
- LeVeau evened the score at 64-64 with a pair of free throws with 4:24 remaining.
- Moore again drilled a three-point basket, giving the Crusaders a 67-64 lead with 2:53 remaining, but that was the final bucket the Crusaders would score.
- Derick Pope made a pair of free throws, pulling King within one, and LeVeau knocked down his fourth triple of the game, giving King a 69-67 lead with 1:21 remaining.
- North Greenville then missed a triple, but got the offensive rebound. However, the Tornado defense dug in and forced the shot clock violation.
- The Crusaders again had a chance to even the score with less than 10 seconds remaining, but Owens came up with a block and LeVeau with a rebound.
- LeVeau then iced the 71-67 win with two free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining.
- On the night, LeVeau went 9-for-9 from the free throw line and posted game-highs of 29 points and 11 rebounds.
- Owens posted a double-double as well, accounting for 11 points and 10 rebounds.
- Good chipped in with 11 points for the Tornado.
FOR THE FOES
- Justin Dotson led North Greenville with 18 points and seven rebounds while Moore followed with 17.
- Daniel Burchette chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- For LeVeau, the 29 points matches a career-high he set on Saturday against Lander University. The 11 rebounds also matches a career-best. He last grabbed 11 rebounds on November 13, 2013 against Mars Hill University.
- The double-double for LeVeau marks his first of the season and fourth of his career. He posted three double-doubles in 2013-14.
- Owens also posted his first double-double of the season, and third of his career. He recorded a pair of double-doubles a season ago.
- The win in the Conference Carolinas opener marks King's sixth straight win to open the Conference Carolinas season in six years as members.
- King returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Erskine College. Tipoff from Due West, S.C. is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
- North Greenville hosts Limestone College on Tuesday night.