Men's Basketball

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Pope's double-double leads King past Crusaders

Pope's double-double leads King past Crusaders

TIGERVILLE, S.C. – In a game where both team had sizable advantages, the King University men's basketball team held on to edge North Greenville University on Saturday afternoon. C.J. Good made a pair of free throws with 6.1 seconds remaining to ice the 69-67 road victory for the Tornado.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 69, North Greenville 67
LOCATION: Hayes Gymnasium; Tigerville, S.C.
RECORDS: King 9-8, 6-3 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 6-8, 1-6 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • King jumped out to a 10-4 lead behind forwards Derick Pope and Malcolm St. Louis. Pope knocked down a pair of triples and St. Louis connected on two jump shots in the first three minutes.
  • However, the Crusaders answered with a 15-0 run, including three consecutive triples after the tally was even at 10 to take a 19-10 advantage.
  • Mike Salomon got King back on the board with 12 minutes remaining when he connected on a three-point basket.
  • Trailing 25-20, Pope started a 6-0 King run with a bucket and Salomon put King ahead 26-25 with his third triple of the half.
  • Pope stretched the Tornado advantage to 36-29 with a jump shot and a pair of free throws with 1:21 remaining.
  • North Greenville then scored seven points in 20 seconds to even the tally at 36.
  • Nevertheless, Dontae Campbell drilled a three-point basket in the final seconds of the first half, giving King a 39-36 advantage.
  • Good broke a 41-41 tie with a pair of free throws and Hunter LeVeau connected on a triple to start a Tornado run.
  • Following the 5-0 run, King scored six straight points for an 11-2 run that opened up a 52-43 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
  • Campbell ended the Tornado spurt with another trifecta, and later connected again from long range, giving King a 58-49 lead with seven minutes remaining.
  • The Crusaders then started to work their way back and took a 61-60 lead on a Matt Moore triple that capped a 12-2 North Greenville run.
  • King had an answer, however, as Good made a jump shot and Je'Don Young drilled a three-point basket, stretching the King lead back to 65-61 with 1:38 remaining.
  • Miguel Cartagena cut the Crusader deficit to 67-66 with a three-point basket with nine seconds remaining.
  • However, Good made two free throws on the other end, giving King a three point advantage.
  • Following a King foul, North Greenville made one-of-two free throws and had a chance with 0.9 seconds remaining, but the tip attempt was off the mark, giving King the 69-67 victory.
  • Pope led King with 18 points and 11 rebounds and shot 7-for-10 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from three-point range.
  • Good followed with 11 points and four assists.
  • Campbell and Salomon nearly reached double figures, scoring nine points apiece.

FOR THE FOES

  • Tommy Wade led North Greenville with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Moore followed with 14 points and Daniel Burchette chipped in with 12 points.
  • Cartagena added nine points and five rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • For Pope, the double-double is his second of the season and second in the last seven days. His last double-double came against Pfeiffer University last Saturday. It is also his third career double-double.

UP NEXT

  • King is in action again on Monday when they host Southern Wesleyan University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
  • North Greenville next hosts the University of Mount Olive on Monday.
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