JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Playing regional rival Carson-Newman for the first time in a six years, the King University men's basketball team opened the contest with a solid 20 minutes and held the lead late. However, the home standing Eagles came up with a shot in the final five seconds to take the 92-91 victory.
FINAL SCORE: Carson-Newman 92, King 91
LOCATION: Holt Fieldhouse; Jefferson City, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 2-2; Carson-Newman 4-0
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In the first half, the Tornado shot well, 44.4 percent and were led by 19 points from Mack Owens.
- Owens and Mike Salomon drilled back-to-back triples to give King an 18-10 lead six minutes into the contest.
- Owens later gave King their largest lead of the half at 28-16 when he made a layup with nine minutes remaining.
- However, the Eagles shot well from the floor in the opening stanza making 56.0 percent of their shots, cutting into their deficit down the stretch.
- With three minutes remaining in the half, Carson-Newman made their move, scoring six straight points, capped by a dunk from Shaun Jones before Owens made a pair of free throws.
- Kalen Clifton knocked down a triple and Salomon capped the scoring in the first half with a layup, giving King a 45-38 lead at the break.
- The second half was decided beyond the arc as the teams combined to shoot 20-for-29 from long range in the half.
- King shot 61.1 percent from three, 11-for-18, and 53.1 percent from the floor.
- However, Carson-Newman was slightly better, shooting 81.8 percent, 9-for-11 from deep and 63.3 from the floor.
- The Tornado looked to withstand and early burst from the Eagles as the scored the first five points of the half, but Je'Don Young and Jordan Floyd got King back on the board.
- However, Carson-Newman answered with eight straight points to gain the lead before the teams started to trade the lead.
- The Eagles later tried to pull away, breaking a tie at 62 with a 7-0 run, and later ran their lead to 76-68 before Young drilled a pair of triples to get the King offense going again.
- King scored nine straight points, all three-point baskets from Young, vaulting the Tornado to an 83-80 lead with 4:30 remaining.
- Carson-Newman scored five straight to take an 87-86 lead, but the Tornado answered again, this time a triple from Salomon.
- Young followed with a jump shot, giving King a 91-87 lead with one minute remaining.
- However, the Eagles got a bucket and later a defense rebound with 12 seconds left.
- Carson-Newman ran the floor and Charles Clark found an open Mason Bates at the top of the key. Bates drilled the triple with five seconds remaining, giving Carson-Newman the lead.
- The final heave from the Tornado was off the mark as Carson-Newman escaped with the 92-91 victory.
- Young led King with 26 points and five assists.
- Owens and Floyd both accounted for 19 points. Owens added a game-high 13 rebounds and Floyd handed out a game-high six assists.
- Salomon chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds.
FOR THE FOES
- Clark led Carson-Newman with 28 points and six assists.
- Grant Teichmann followed with 15 points while Jones followed with 13 points and five rebounds.
- Bates chipped in with 12 points.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Owens posted his second double-double in as many games with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
- Young set a career-high with 26 points, marking his first career 20-point game. His previous high came last season at Clayton State University when he scored 17 points.
- King is in action again on November 25 when they host Clayton State University at 4:00 p.m. in the home opener for the Tornado.
- Carson-Newman hosts Lee University on November 25.