BELMONT, N.C. – The King University men's basketball team rebounded from a tough loss Friday night with a solid road win on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado pulled away from Belmont Abbey College in the second half, and had to hold off a late Crusader run to take the 88-81 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 88, Belmont Abbey 81
LOCATION: Wheeler Center; Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 11-10, 8-5 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 9-11, 5-8 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Belmont Abbey took the lead early, but three straight triples, two from Mike Salomon and one from Je'Don Young brought King back to take an 11-9 advantage.
- Desean Enzor later started an 11-3 Tornado burst with a jump shot. C.J. Good later capped the run and gave King a 25-16 lead with a three-point basket.
- Hunter LeVeau gave King their largest lead of the first half at 30-19 with a trifecta with eight minutes remaining.
- The Crusaders then began to work their way back. Belmont Abby pulled within 37-31, but Good connected from long range again.
- However, Belmont Abbey went on an 8-0 run, evening the score at 42 with one minute remaining in the opening stanza.
- The teams then traded a pair of free throws to go into halftime even at 44.
- LeVeau and Young quickly gave King a 50-44 lead with a pair of triples in the opening two minutes of the second half.
- The Tornado extended their lead to 59-51 before Belmont Abbey scored five straight points to pull within 59-56 with 14 minutes remaining.
- However, King answered with a LeVeau triple and Malcolm St. Louis jump shot, extending their lead back to eight points.
- Mack Owens gave King their largest lead of the game at 78-65 with a trifecta with nine minutes remaining.
- Salomon looked to put the game away with a bucket that put King ahead 80-67 with four minutes left to play.
- Nevertheless, the Crusaders had one last run in them, scoring eight straight points to cut their deficit to 80-75.
- Belmont Abbey got within four at 82-78 with 52 seconds remaining, but LeVeau, Young and Good iced the 88-81 Tornado victory with six straight free throws.
- Salomon led the way for King with 18 points, shooting 7-for-9 from the floor and 4-for-6 from long range.
- Good followed with 17 points and five rebounds while LeVeau added 13 points.
- Jordan Floyd chipped in with 10 points, and St. Louis grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with eight points.
FOR THE FOES
- Deion Lane led Belmont Abbey with 28 points and seven rebounds.
- Jacob Wilson followed with 13 points and six rebounds.
- Ben Ferguson added 12 points and Troy Henderson chipped in with 11 points.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The 18 points for Salomon mark a career-high, topping his previous best of 11 set on January 16 agasint Southern Wesleyan University.
- King returns to the Student Center Complex on Wednesday when they host Emmanuel College. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
- Belmont Abbey travels to the University of Mount Olive on Wednesday.