CENTRAL S.C. – In what was a defensive battle, the King University men's basketball team came away with a narrow Conference Carolinas victory on Saturday at Southern Wesleyan University. The Tornado opened up a lead, but had to fend off a late Warrior run before icing the game at the free throw line and closing the game on an 8-2 run to take the contest 71-65.
FINAL SCORE: King 71, Southern Wesleyan 65
LOCATION: Tysinger Gymnasium; Central, S.C.
RECORDS: King 5-5, 3-1 Conference Carolinas; Southern Wesleyan 2-6, 1-2 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern Wesleyan got off to a hot start, jumping out to an 8-2 lead over the first five minutes.
- However, King answered with a 17-3 run over the next five minutes to open up a 19-11 lead. Derick Pope had seven straight points in the middle of the run with a pair of buckets and three-point basket.
- The Warriors responded, however, coming back and cutting their deficit to 26-23 before King extended their advantage.
- Desean Enzor drilled a triple and Mike Salomon made a pair of free throws, stretching the Tornado lead to 31-23.
- Southern Wesleyan scored the final two points of the half, giving King a 33-28 advantage at the half.
- The Warriors then scored five of the first seven points of the second half, cutting their deficit to 35-32 before C.J. Good drilled a triple, starting a 9-0 King spurt.
- Hunter LeVeau followed with a trifecta and Je'Don Young converted an old fashioned three-point play, giving King their largest lead of the game at 44-32.
- Southern Wesleyan responded with a 7-0 run, cutting the King lead back to five points.
- The rest of the contest was played within a seven point spread and the Warriors used a 5-0 run to even the contest at 63-63 with 1:01 remaining.
- Noble Fahnbulleh made a free throw to give King the lead with less than one minute remaining before LeVeau gave King a 66-63 lead with a jump shot.
- Good then made four straight free throws and LeVeau added another, giving King the contest 71-65.
- Pope and Good led King with 14 points apiece.
- LeVeau was the final Tornado in double figures with 12 points.
- Fahnbulleh chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds.
FOR THE FOES
- Southern Wesleyan had five scorers in double figures, led by Darius Sharpe, Kevin Stamps, Justice McCullough and De'Quan Weldon who all had 13 points.
- McCullough had 11 rebounds to go along with those 13 points.
- Tyus Gaines added 11 points and six assists.
- King returns home to face UVa-Wise on December 18. Tipoff from the Student Center Complex is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Admission is free for fans that bring an item to donate to Gatlinburg Fire Relief.
- Southern Wesleyan next travels to take on USC Aiken on Tuesday.