BRISTOL, Tenn. – Led by Hunter LeVeau, the King University men's basketball team placed six scorers in double figures as they out-ran Pfeiffer University on Saturday afternoon in the Student Center Complex. LeVeau connected on seven of King's 15 triples in their 110-91 Conference Carolinas victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 110, Pfeiffer 91
LOCTION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 8-7, 5-2 Conference Carolinas; Pfeiffer 10-2, 4-2 Conference Carolinas
HOW HIT HAPPENED
- Pfeiffer came out shoot, making a pair of triples in the first minute as they jumped out to a 9-3 lead.
- However, withstood the start and Derick Pope evened the score at nine three minutes in.
- The Tornado gained some separation over the second half of the frame, using a 12-0 run to turn a one point lead into a 44-31 advantage.
- Malcolm St. Louis started the run with a pair of free throws and later added a tip-in before Noble Fahnbulleh capped the spurt with an old fashioned three-point play.
- The Falcons answered, however, scoring 11 of the next 12 points to cut their deficit to 45-42 before the King offense headed up again.
- King scored 10 straight points in one minute and 30 seconds down the stretch to earn their largest lead of the first half. Jordan Floyd and Mack Owens started the spurt with a pair of layups before LeVeau and Good knocked down a pair of triples, putting King ahead 59-44.
- The Falcons scored the final bucket of the half, but King held a 59-46 lead at the break.
- In the second half, Pope extended the King advantage back to 15 points at 67-52 three minutes in before the teams went back-and-forth.
- King held an 81-68 lead following a pair of Floyd free throws when Pfeiffer went on a run.
- The Falcons scored eight of the next 10 points and Andrew Guerrero later cut the Pfeiffer deficit to 86-81 with a layup with five minutes remaining.
- However, Good and LeVeau drilled back-to-back three-point baskets and Pope followed with consecutive offensive rebounds, tipping both back in.
- Good capped the 12-0 run with a fastbreak layup, putting King ahead 98-81 with three minutes remaining.
- King then iced the 110-91 victory at the free throw line.
- LeVeau led six King scorers in double figures with 25 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists.
- Owens followed with 18 points and eight rebounds while Good added 16 points.
- Pope and St. Louis both posted double-doubles, Pope with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and St. Louis scored 13 points and added 11 rebounds.
- Fahnbulleh chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
- Floyd nearly reached double figures, scoring eight points and handing out eight assists.
FOR THE FOES
- A.J. Clark led four Pfeiffer scorers in double figures with 22 points.
- Guerrero followed with 19 points and Mike Smith posted 18 points.
- Josh Calhoun tallied 16 points and Sae'Quahn Rogers chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King had six scores in double figures for the first time since last season when they had six reach double figures in a 114-45 victory at Erskine College on January 16.
- The last time King eclipsed the 100-point plateau was a season ago when they scored 102 points against Southern Wesleyan University on January 30.
- LeVeau knocked down seven triples in the contest, a mark that ranks fourth in school history. It also marks the second time in his career he has connected on seven trifectas in a contest. The other time LeVeau made seven triples was on January 23, 2015 at the University of Mount Olive.
- The double-double for St. Louis was his second of the season and third of his career.
- For Pope, the double-double marks his first of the season and second of his career. He posted a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds last season on December 10 against Emmanuel College.
- For the second time this season, the Tornado had two players record double-doubles in Pope and St. Louis. LeVeau and Owens both had double-doubles against North Greenville University on November 11.
- Floyd set a career-best with the eight assists in the contest.
- King travels to take on Barton College on Wednesday. Tipoff from Wilson, N.C. is slated for 7:30 p.m.
- Pfeiffer travels to North Greenville University on Tuesday night.