Men's Basketball

2 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

Floyd's career night leads King past Tusculum

Photo-Danielle Stauffer
Photo-Danielle Stauffer

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The King University men's basketball team opened the season with a 101-94 victory over regional rival Tusculum College behind a career night from Jordan Floyd. Floyd poured in 23 points in the first half, and ended the contest with 34 points to lead King to the victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 101, Tusculum 94
LOCATION: Williams Gymnasium; Banner Elk, N.C.
RECORDS: King 1-0; Tusculum 0-1

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Floyd set the tone from the onset as he drilled a triple in the opening minute, giving King the lead.
  • The Tornado didn't look back in the first half, opening up a 22-12 advantage eight minutes in following a Timothy Taylor free throw.
  • Floyd stretched the Tornado advantage to 45-29 with a pair of free throws with five minutes left in the first half. The free throws gave him 23 points in the opening stanza, setting his career-high.
  • However, Tusculum came back to pull within 45-38, but Taylor drilled a triple and made a layup to give King a 50-41 lead at the break.
  • Taylor then started the second half with a triple and Floyd followed with a pair of free throws, stretching the King lead to 55-41.
  • The King lead grew to as many as 18 in the second half, the final time following a Mike Salomon bucket midway through the half.
  • The Pioneers went on a run late, scoring 11 of 12 points to cut their deficit to 95-89.
  • Tusculum cut their deficit to five a 96-91 with 38 seconds remaining, but Floyd and Salomon iced the 101-94 victory at the free throw line.
  • Floyd led King with 34 points, going 11-for-12 from the free throw line. He also grabbed six rebounds.
  • Mike Salomon followed with 19 points and added six rebounds.
  • Timothy Taylor added 14 points and Mack Owens chipped in with 12 points.

FOR THE FOES

  • Dashauntic Smith led six Tusculum scores in double figures with 20 points.
  • Caleb Hodnett followed with 13 points to go along with eight rebounds.
  • Brandon Mitchell followed with 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Floyd's 34 points set a career-high, bettering his previous mark of 22 set a season ago. His six rebounds also set a career-high.
  • Salomon also set a career-best with 19 points, topping his previous hit of 18 set last season.

UP NEXT

  • King takes on fourth-ranked Lincoln Memorial University on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in Banner Elk, N.C.
  • Tusculum takes on Lees-McRae College.