MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Following upsetting the top seed on their home floor, the King University men's basketball team fell to second seeded Limestone College in the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship on Sunday afternoon. The contest was tight the entire way, but the Saints closed the contest on a 7-2 run to take the game and 76-70.
FINAL SCORE: No. 2 Limestone 76, No. 4 King 70
LOCATION: Merner Gym, Misenheimer, N.C.
RECORDS: King 19-12; Limestone 26-5
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Hunter LeVeau got the King offense going with a triple to start the contest, and Jordan Floyd followed with a trifecta to give King a 6-0 lead.
- Derick Pope and Floyd then made back-to-back baskets to give King a 10-2 lead three minutes in.
- However, Limestone answered with a 14-0 run to take a 16-10 lead on a Shaq Dance three-point basket before Mack Owens answered with a triple of this own for the Tornado.
- The Saint lead grew to as many as eight twice, the second a 26-18 before Floyd sparked a Tornado burst with a jump shot.
- Floyd later pulled King within 26-25 with a layup, capping the 7-0 spurt.
- Following a Limestone triple, King scored six straight points, capped by a Pope trifecta, giving King a 31-29 advantage.
- In all, King went on an 18-5 run, that was capped by a LeVeau triple and Floyd bucket, putting the Tornado ahead 36-31.
- The score was even at 38 before Je'Don Young broke the stalemate with a layup, and Pope made a jump shot in the final seconds to give the Tornado a 42-38 lead at the break.
- Limestone opened the second half on a 9-2 run to open up a 47-44 lead before Young pulled King even with a three-point basket.
- The Saints broke a tie at 58 with a triple from Teron Wallace and layup from Shaun Stewart to take a five point advantage.
- LeVeau tried to will the Tornado back when he sank a triple and was fouled. He completed the four-point play, pulling King back within one.
- However, Limestone scored six straight points to open up a 69-62 advantage with 4:32 remaining.
- The Tornado had one last rally, started on a trifecta from LeVeau. Young then pulled King back within 69-68 with 3:34 remaining before the Saints made one last run.
- Nevertheless, Kenny Hairston made a three-point basket to get the Saint offense going again.
- The defense dug in as well, holding King to two points the rest of the way while the offense scored seven to take the contest 76-70.
- Young led five King scorers in double figures with 14 points, going 4-for-6 from three-point range.
- LeVeau and Floyd followed with 13 points apiece.
- St. Louis added 12 points and four rebounds, going 6-for-8 from the free throw line.
- Pope chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds.
FOR THE FOES
- Shaq Dance led Limestone with 24 points and six rebounds.
- Stewart followed with 23 points and six rebounds and seven assists.
- Hairston was the final Saint in double figures with 15 points.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- LeVeau and St. Louis were named to the all-tournament team.
- King seniors, C.J. Good, LeVeau, St. Louis and Pope all played their last game wearing the scarlet and navy.
- Good ends his career as one of the most prolific three-point shooters in school history, making 374 three-point baskets and shooting 43.8 percent from long range.
- LeVeau is one of three players in school history with at least 1,500 points and 600 rebounds. On Saturday he crossed the 1,600 career-point threshold.
- St. Louis ends his career ranked second in school history with 107 blocks.
- Pope played for the Tornado for two seasons, helping King to a Conference Carolinas championship and NCAA Regional last year.
- King placed five scorers in double figures for the sixth time on the season.
- The Tornado end the season with an overall record of 19-12 and finished third in the Conference Carolinas regular season standings.