Trip to Nova Southeastern opens 2011 for Tornado Basketball

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College opens the 2011 portion of the men's basketball schedule on Sunday at Nova Southeastern (Fla.) University with tip off scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Tornado, at 6-8, will look to end a two-game skid as King was defeated by No. 1 Bellarmine (Ky.) University 75-64 and NCAA Division I foe UNC Asheville 90-72 in two road games in a three-day span to end December. Before that King won back-to-back games for the first time this season over Emory & Henry (Va.) College and Montreat (N.C.) College inside the Student Center.

Sunday's game will not be the first for King against a Sunshine State foe as the Tornado faced off with West Florida on Nov. 19 in Alaska. A last-second basket from West Florida proved to be the difference in a 79-78 decision.

Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) has an 18.0 points per game average to lead the Tornado so far this season. Dockery was named the NCCAA Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his two-game performance to end December as the senior averaged 25.0 points for the week.

Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.), Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) and Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) also are averaging scoring in double-digits.

King has a scoring average of 80.1 while opponents are scoring 76.4 points per game.

In games away from Bristol this season King has a 3-6 mark including the two neutral court games in Alaska. Before the trips to UNC Asheville and Bellarmine, King won the last game away from home, a 110-88 win at Milligan (Tenn.) College to close out November.

Nova Southeastern has a 6-4 record with a 5-1 mark in home contest. The last time Nova played was on Dec. 18, a 98-91 win over Franklin Pierce to push a season-long winning streak to three games.

The team's leading scorer so far has been Alex Gynes with 17.1 points per contest. He leads a group of five players averaging in double-digits. Gynes also had the best rebound average with 8.2 per game.

Nova averages 89.0 points per game, but gives up 81.4.

Of the 11 players to take to the court this season, nine have started at least one game with six starting at least five times.