MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University men's basketball team was able to avenge a loss 10 days ago when they went on the road and defeated the University of Mount Olive 77-65 on Tuesday night. The first half was tight, but the Tornado pulled away in the second half and iced the contest at the free throw line.
FINAL SCORE: King 77, Mount Olive 65
LOCATION: Kornegay Arena; Mount Olive, N.C.
RECORDS: King 16-11, 13-6 Conference Carolinas; Mount Olive 8-19, 7-12 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Just as the contest in Bristol was 10 days ago, the first half was played tight, within a four point spread.
- King scored the first four points of the contest, capped by a Mack Owens dunk, and the Tornado held the upper hand for the majority of the frame.
- Over the first 20 minutes, the score was tied five times, the final time at 20-20 when Mount Olive scored five straight points to take a 23-20 lead.
- However, King answered with eight straight points, capped by a pair of C.J. Good trifectas.
- Desean Enzor made the final bucket of the half for the Tornado before the Trojans added a free throws as King took a 30-28 lead at the break.
- The Tornado opened the second half on a 13-5 run, to open up a 43-33 advantage four minutes in.
- In the middle of the spurt, Derick Pope drilled a triple, and Noble Fahnbulleh capped the run with an old fashioned three-point play.
- Mount Olive came back to get within 45-41, but the Tornado answered with back-to-back triples from Je'Don Young and Malcolm St. Louis to stretch the lead back to double digits.
- King later went on a 9-0 run, started with buckets from Enzor and Good. Pope drilled a triple and later made a pair of free throws to give King a 62-47 lead.
- Pope gave King their largest lead of the contest, 65-49 when he connected on another shot from long range with four minutes remaining.
- Mount Olive tried to make a run down the stretch, cutting their deficit to eight points with 33 seconds remaining, but King iced the 77-65 victory at the free throw line.
- Pope led King with 22 points, going 10-for-10 from the free throw line. He also added six rebounds.
- St. Louis and Owens added 11 points apiece with Owens grabbing a team-high seven rebounds.
- Good was the final Tornado in double figures with 10 points.
FOR THE FOES
- Jamal Matin led the Trojans with 15 points and eight rebounds.
- Saiquan Jamison followed with 13 points and eight rebounds.
- Tyler Thomas and Armond Griebe chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Griebe also grabbed six rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King went 17-for-19 from the free throw line, their second-best mark on the season. The Tornado previously went 16-for-16 from the charity stripe on January 28 at Belmont Abbey College.
- The Tornado close the regular season at home on Friday night when they take on rival Lees-McRae College. Tipoff from the Student Center Complex is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
- Mount Olive hosts Barton College on Friday night.