Brittany Kinser (Greeneville, Tenn.) led King offensively with 10 points and five rebounds. Teammates Mikki Oliver (Hampton, Tenn.) and Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.) each had nine points, followed by Brooke Johnson's eight points. Jackson was one of two Tornado players with a team-high nine rebounds. Kalen Collins (Wise, Va.) was the second King player with nine rebounds while adding six points.
King (0-5, 0-1) led 30-27 after the first half but fell victim to turnovers and Central State converting on those additional opportunities. The Marauders turned the tide of the game and broke away from the Tornado, forcing 15 second half turnovers after King had only nine in the first.
The Tornado played well defensively, limiting the Marauders to a 32 percent shooting mark throughout the game and only 20 percent from behind the arc.
"This was our best defensive game of the year," said Head Coach Josh Thompson. "The set we played tonight was well executed and matched what they [Central State] was showing well."
King shot 32.1 percent from the field and 35 percent on their three-point attempts. However, the Marauders outrebounded the Tornado 52-44 and held a 24-11 edge on the offensive glass to help toward their victory.
Next on the schedule as part of the 10th Annual Ben Waterman Classic is Cedarville University (5-1). King will play the Yellow Jackets at 12:00 p.m. from Beacom/Lewis Gymnasium, concluding the four-team, two-day tournament.
The basketball classic is named in honor of the late Ben Waterman who, after an outstanding career as a student-athlete at Central State, spent more than half a century in coaching at the high school and collegiate levels. He was voted the school's Outstanding Athlete of 1948 for his participation in basketball, baseball and football. He spent more than half a century coaching in the Ohio college and high school ranks and as an assistant Ohio State was the first African-American coach in the Big Ten. As coach of Dayton's Jefferson High School, Waterman led the Broncos to two state championships in a five year period. Waterman was a member of the inaugural class of Central State's Athletic Hall of Fame and has also been recognized with induction into the Dayton Basketball Hall of Fame and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.