Posted: Feb 12, 2020
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga - Men's basketball took on the King University Tornado in a conference matchup with major playoff implications on Wednesday night. The Lion's second half domination led them to a 14 point victory, 101-87. This win moves their record to 15-10 overall and 12-5 in conference.
King controlled the lead throughout most of the first half, pulling ahead by as much as eight points with six minutes remaining in the half. But the Lions hung around and eventually got hot late. The Lions outscored the Tornado by 14 points in the last six minutes of the first half, quickly going from an eight point deficit to a six point lead, 50-44.
Emmanuel carried their momentum into the second half, leading by 13 after six minutes of play. The high-speed game got physical, with both teams in the bonus with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Lions continued the domination as the clock dropped below 10, pulling ahead by as much as 18 and never looking back. King failed to rally, unable to match the Lion's 60% field goal shooting performance in the second half. The Lions ended up on top by 14 points, 101-87.
The Lions were led by freshman KJ Jones, who had the best performance of his young career at Emmanuel with 32 points. Jones dominated in the paint and made 3/5 from three point territory. Junior Tyonn Stuckey followed with 21 points. Jones and Stuckey combined for more than half of the Lion's points.
After their mediocre first 15 minutes of play, Emmanuel ended the game with one of their best offensive performances of the season, making 54% of field goals, 38.5% of threes, and 79.3% of free throws. King shot 46.3% from the field, 33.3% from beyond the arc, and 89.5% from the line.
Next up, men's basketball will take on Limestone College on Saturday, February 15.
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