Salem, W. Va. – Lynn University's men's basketball team found itself in a hole early on Sunday and trailed the entire afternoon against King University (Tenn.) at the Salem University Joe Manchin Classic. The Fighting Knights turned up the pressure in the second half, trimming the deficit to six points late, but the Tornado held on for a 71-61 victory in nonconference play.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: King (Tenn.) 71, Lynn 61
Records: King (Tenn.) (6-3), Lynn (3-5)
Location: Davis Gymnasium | Salem, W. Va.
All-Time Series: First-ever meeting
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Lynn was led in scoring by its two big men, as Rasheed Worrell and Kenneth Nwachukwu were the only Fighting Knights in double figures. Worrell shot 4-of-6 from the field for 10 points and a team-high-tying six rebounds. Nwachukwu chipped in 10 off the bench and added four boards.
- Ryan Peterson and Chances Matlock followed up with eight points apiece, both coming off the bench. Peterson tied for the team lead with a season-high-tying six boards.
- Randy Bell (7), Brandon Bornelus (6) and Michael Baez (6) accounted for nearly the rest of Lynn's points. All three players each recorded three assists while Bell had two of his team's three steals on the day.
- King had five players score in double figures, led by Jordan Floyd's 18 points off the bench. He shot 7-of-11 from the field.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- The Tornado led by as many as 17 points in the first half and were up 35-21 at the halftime break.
- Both Nwachukwu and Matlock registered season-highs in scoring.
- The Fighting Knights' 61 points are a season-low while their 10 made free throws are the second-lowest this year.
- The matchup was the second of four neutral-site games for Lynn and one of six games in December away from its home court. The Fighting Knights do not have a home game in the month of December.
Lynn continues its stretch of neutral-site contests and will next head to the Florida Tech Tournament in Melbourne, Fla. The Fighting Knights first battle Shawnee St. on Monday, Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m.