BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College almost reached the century mark, but the Tornado used 16 3-pointers and two players with at least 25 points each in a 97-71 victory over nearby Virginia Intermont College Saturday in front of the home crowd.
King improved to 4-5 on the season and welcomes the University of Indianapolis (Ind.) to Bristol for a 7 p.m. contest Monday. The Tornado also pushed a winning streak over the Cobras to nine straight. Virginia Intermont has a 4-7 record after the game.
Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) matched his season high with 28 points. He was 10-for-20 overall and 8-for-16 from behind the 3-point line. He also pulled down six rebounds.
Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) added 26 points with a near-perfect 11-for-14 effort from the field. He also collected 14 rebounds doubling the next player in the game. It was his second double-digit rebound effort of the season, three more than the previous season high.
After halftime Virginia Intermont made a game out of the meeting. The Cobras slithered back to take a 48-47 lead five minutes into the half. Virginia Intermont used a 15-4 run to capture the lead. The advantage changed hands three more times until King used two of Smith's free throws to make the score 54-53 with 13:13 left. From there the Tornado blew out the Cobras. Six 3-pointers were made in the final 13 minutes with half coming from Dockery.
Virginia Intermont made the score 57-56 with King leading and 12:30 showing on the clock. Five minutes later King led 86-57. The Cobras went six minutes without a field goal during the stretch.
King led for the entire first half and took a 43-33 lead into the halftime break. In the final 10 minutes of the half the Tornado led by as many as 14 and the lead was never under five.
The Tornado finished 39-for-76 (51.3 percent) for the fourth game of the season with a field goal percentage of over 50.0. King was 16-for-39 (41.0 percent) behind the arc. The previous season high for made 3-pointers was a dozen at Milligan (Tenn.) College in a 110-88 win on Nov. 29. King was just 3-for-5 (60.0 percent) at the free throw line, the fewest attempts on the season.
Virginia Intermont was 24-for-56 (42.9 percent) which included 10 long-range three pointers. The Cobras shot 13-for-22 (59.1 percent) at the free throw line.
King was outrebounded 41-40. However the Tornado used 11 offensive rebounds for 22 second-chance points. King used 19 Virginia Intermont turnovers for 28 points. The Tornado gave the ball away seven times, a season low, with a season high 30 assists.