January 16, 2012

League-leading Tornado sweep past Bobcats, 72-51

Box score

BRISTOL, Tenn. --- Eddie Piccinini poured in a game-high 19 points to lead the league-leading King College men's basketball team to a 72-51 victory over Lees-McRae College on Monday night in Conference Carolinas play.

King (14-3, 5-0 CC) ran its win-streak to five games to open its conference schedule, posting a field goal percentage of 43.1 percent on the night, including a 54.2 percent clip in the second half. The Tornado won the battle on the glass by a 40-35 margin, including a 14-12 advantage on the offensive boards, while holding Lees-McRae (3-11, 3-3 CC) to a 36 percent mark from the floor in the contest.

Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while BJ Battle (Orlando, Fla.) added 10 markers of his own. Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) chipped in six points and a team-high six boards, while Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) posted nine markers and three assists.

Piccinini led all scorers with 19 markers on 6-of-13 shooting, going 6-for-8 from the charity stripe while hauling down five rebounds. Lio Gedeon added a game-high 13 rebounds, while Brian Hewitt and Brandon Goss chipped in 13 points each.

King led wire-to-wire, opening an early 26-5 lead in the first half on a Hewitt triple with 8:15 to play in the period. The Bobcats answered with an 18-6 run, closing the gap to 32-23 heading into the intermission following a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Lamot that was set up by Sepokas.

The Tornado responded in the second half, starting the period with a 13-4 run to open a 45-27 lead on a pair of freebies from Michael Fortune at the 14:28 mark. Lees-McRae would trim the margin to 11 at 50-39 following a Lamot jumper before King regained control, answering with a 20-4 surge to put the game out of reach on a triple by Logan Lyle with 3:04 to play.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Tigerville, S.C. to take on North Greenville University at 7:30 p.m. in a conference showdown.

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