Tornado shoot past Erskine

Tornado shoot past Erskine

DUE WEST, S.C. – The King University men's basketball team moved to 2-0 in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday night with a victory at Erskine College. The Tornado turned in their best shooting performance of the season and used an early second half run to open separation and take the contest 81-65.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 81, Erskine 65
LOCATION: Belk Arena; Due West, S.C.
RECORDS: King 3-4, 2-0 Conference Carolinas; Erskine 3-3, 1-1 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The first half was tight through, but Je'Don Young and Hunter LeVeau got King on the board with a basket and triple in the first two minutes.
  • With the Tornado leading 13-12 midway through the first half, Desean Enzor drilled a triple and Malcolm St. Louis followed with a bucket to give King an 18-12 lead.
  • LeVeau then scored six straight points on his own to give King their largest lead of the first half a 24-14 with less than eight minutes remaining in the stanza.
  • However, the Flying Fleet scored seven straight points, cutting their deficit to 24-21 before St. Louis got King back on the board with a basket.
  • C.J. Good got on the board late in the half, scoring five of the final seven points of the frame. He drilled a triple and following a pair of Flying Fleet free throws he made a jump shot from the top of the key to give King a 37-31 lead at the break.
  • Erskine opened the second half on a run, scoring eight of the first 10 points to even the score at 39-39 nearly two minutes in.
  • The Tornado answered, however, scoring the next eight points, sparked by a LeVeau bucket. Noble Fahnbulleh followed with consecutive buckets and baskets from Good and St. Louis gave King a 47-39 advantage.
  • Following an Erskine basket, Shon'Dre Dukes threw down a dunk to ignite a 7-0 King run capped by a basket from Fahnbulleh and triple from LeVeau to give King a 54-41 lead.
  • The Flying Fleet tried to make a run, cutting their deficit to 60-54 midway through the half, but King had an answer out of a timeout.
  • The Tornado went on an 8-2 run, opening up a 68-56 lead with seven minutes remaining.
  • King held the lead there and Good gave the Tornado their largest lead of the game at 78-63 with a triple as King took the contest 81-65.
  • LeVeau and Good led King with 16 points and three assists apiece. Good also shot 6-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-8 from three-point range.
  • St. Louis added 13 points and eight rebounds while Fahnbulleh chipped in with nine points and six assists.
  • Mack Owens also snared eight rebounds and handed out five assists for the Tornado.

FOR THE FOES

  • Zezmon Steeple led Erskine with 14 points.
  • Brandon Wilkerson scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out seven assists.
  • Tre Patterson also reached double figures with 12 points.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • King shot 54.7 percent from the floor, their best shooting percentage of the season and second straight game shooting better than 50.0 percent.
  • The last time the Tornado shot better than 50.0 percent was on February 21-24, 2015 against Belmont Abbey College and Lees-McRae College. King also conquered the feat earlier in that season on January 3-4, 2015 against the University of Mount Olive and Barton College.
  • The five assists for Owens marks a career-high, improving on his previous best of three helpers.

UP NEXT

  • King hosts Barton College on Saturday night in the Student Center Complex. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
  • Erskine takes on Lander University on Thursday.
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