Emmanuel comes back to top Tornado

Photo: Robert Foster
Photo: Robert Foster

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – History has proven when the King University men's basketball team squares off with Emmanuel College, the game usually comes down to the wire. That was no different on Saturday afternoon as the home-standing Lions came away with a narrow 85-82 Conference Carolinas victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Emmanuel 85, King 82
LOCATION: Franklin Springs, Ga.
RECORDS: King 10-9, 7-4 Conference Carolinas; Emmanuel 11-7, 6-4 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Tornado came out firing, using an 11-0 run, capped by a Mack Owens triple to take an 18-11 lead seven minutes in.
  • Following an Emmanuel free throw, Owens knocked down another trifecta to make it a 14-1 run in all and give King a 21-12 lead.
  • However, the Lions answered with a spurt of their own, scoring 12 straight points to take a 24-21 lead with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
  • King tried to gain separation going into halftime, using an 11-3 run to take a 45-38 lead. Hunter LeVeau started the spurt with a triple and ended it with a jump shot.
  • Emmanuel scored the final four points of the half, however, giving King a 45-42 lead at the break.
  • Midway through the second half, Jordan Floyd sparked a 9-0 Tornado run with a layup. Following a LeVeau triple, Floyd gave King a 69-64 lead with a pair of free throws.
  • From there, King held the advantage until Emmanuel scored seven straight points to take an 81-79 lead with one minute remaining.
  • C.J. Good answered with a triple, giving King an 82-81 lead with 48 seconds left, but the Lions made two free throws on the other end to regain the lead.
  • Following a Tornado turnover, Emmanuel made two more free throws, and King missed their last chance from three as the Lions held on for the 85-82 lead.
  • LeVeau led King with 21 points while Floyd followed with 19.
  • Malcolm St. Louis chipped in with 12 points and nine rebounds.
  • Owens posted double-double, accounting for 11 points and 10 rebounds.

FOR THE FOES

  • Ronnie Stanley led Emmanuel with 26 points to go along with seven rebounds.
  • Emerson McClung added 16 points and Kurtis Robinson chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The double-double for Owens marks his second of the season, the other coming against North Greenville University on November 22. It is also his fourth career double-double.
  • Floyd posted a career-high with 19 points, bettering his previous high of 13 second on January 6 against Belmont Abbey College.

UP NEXT

  • King travels to Pfeiffer University on Friday night with tipoff at 7:00 p.m. The Tornado then face Belmont Abbey College on the road on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Emmanuel hosts Barton College on Tuesday night.
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