King defense stymies Warriors in league triumph

King defense stymies Warriors in league triumph

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team took their second straight Conference Carolinas win on Monday night in the Student Center Complex. The Tornado defense forced 28 turnovers from Southern Wesleyan University as King cruised to the 90-57 victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 90, Southern Wesleyan 57
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 10-8, 7-3 Conference Carolinas; Southern Wesleyan 2-15, 1-8 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Derick Pope got King off to a good start for the second straight contest, knocking down a pair of buckets in the first two minutes.
  • The Tornado defense set the tone from the tip, helping King to a 13-2 advantage five minutes into the contest.
  • Mike Salomon, C.J. Good and Pope connected on three straight triples on the 9-0 King spurt that stretched the lead to 13-2.
  • Salomon later connected on the second of his three triples in the game, giving King their largest lead of the first half at 38-22 with 1:21 remaining in the first half.
  • The Warriors scored the final bucket of the opening stanza, giving King a 38-24 lead at the break.
  • With King leading 55-23, Desean Enzor sparked an 11-0 Tornado run with a triple. Jordan Floyd and Je'Don Young followed with three-point baskets and Floyd capped the run with a layup.
  • That 11-0 run started a 35-4 King run over a seven minute span that put the contest away.
  • King later scored 12 straight points and Salomon gave King their largest lead of the game a 90-47 with three-point basket.
  • The Warriors scored the final 10 points of the contest, giving King the 90-57 victory.
  • Pope led King with 19 points to go along with four rebounds.
  • Good followed with 14 points while Salomon posted 11 points.
  • Floyd chipped in with 10 points to go along with five assists.
  • Shon'Dre Dukes and Malcolm St. Louis each grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Noble Fahnbulleh accounted for eight points and six assists.

FOR THE FOES

  • Darius Sharpe led Southern Wesleyan with 21 points.
  • Justice McCullough followed with 16 points and nine rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The 28 turnovers forced by the Tornado defense marked a season-high. It was also the second time this year King has forced at least 20 turnovers in contest.
  • The last time King forced at least 28 turnovers was nearly two years to the day ago, forcing Belmont Abbey College into 29 turnovers on January 17, 2015.
  • The 11 points for Salomon marks a career-high.

UP NEXT

  • King returns to the court on Saturday when they travel to Emmanuel College. Tipoff from Franklin Springs, Ga., is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
  • Southern Wesleyan hosts North Greenville University on Saturday afternoon.

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