BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a rematch of an overtime game earlier this season, the King University men's basketball wasted no time getting ahead of Lenoir-Rhyne University and pulling away from the Bears. King shot better than 50 percent in the first half en route to the 80-49 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 80, Lenoir-Rhyne 49
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 8-4, Lenoir-Rhyne 4-7
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tornado jumped out to a 10-2 lead behind a layup and dunk from Mack Owens and four points from Shon'Dre Dukes in the opening five minutes.
- Owens poured in 14 points and added seven rebounds to lead the Tornado in the opening stanza.
- In the middle of the half, King went on a 12-0 run to gain separation from the Bears.
- King later gained their largest lead of the first half at 46-19 following a Jordan Floyd triple with one minute remaining.
- The Tornado shot 53.3 percent from the floor in the opening half while their defense held Lenoir-Rhyne to a 25.9 field goal percentage.
- The Tornado extended their lead in the second half to 39 with 8:30 remaining following a pair of Owens free throws that capped a 15-0 King run.
- Floyd led the Tornado in the second half with 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting from three-point range.
- In the contest, King held Lenoir-Rhyne to a 29.0 field goal percentage while shooting 46.6 percent from the floor in the 80-49 victory.
- Floyd poured in 27 points and went 7-for-11 from three-point range.
- Owens followed with 18 points and nine rebounds, just missing his fourth straight double-double.
- Timothy Taylor chipped in with eight points and handed out a game-high 11 assists.
FOR THE FOES
- R.J. Gunn led Lenoir-Rhyne with 11 points and five rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The King defense held Lenoir-Rhyne under a 30.0 field goal percentage, the first time this season the Tornado have held their opponent under that threshold.
- The Tornado also held an opponent under 50 points for the first time since February 13, 2016 when they held Limestone to 40 points.
- King went 15-for-15 from the free throw line, their best output of the season and best mark from the charity stripe since going 14-for-14 against Pfeiffer University on March 4 of 2017.
- The seven triple from Floyd ties him for the fourth most made in a game in school history.
- King returns to the court on December 30 when they travel to Virginia State University. Tipoff from Ettrick, Va., is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
- Lenoir-Rhyne hosts fourth-ranked Lincoln Memorial University on December 30.