Tornado hold on for win at Belmont Abbey

Tornado hold on for win at Belmont Abbey

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.

THE BASICS
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.

UP NEXT

  • 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.
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