November 12, 2010

Season opening weekend for Tornado at KWC and SIU

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College will play at NCAA Division II powers Kentucky Wesleyan College and Southern Indiana University Saturday and Sunday to start the 2010-11 men's basketball season.

The Tornado saw Southern Indiana on Nov. 28, 2008, in an 87-64 exhibition loss. Two days later King played Kentucky Wesleyan and lost 56-44 in another exhibition tilt.

King went 24-6 a season ago in reaching the NCCAA Division I National Championship game.

The Tornado squad returns three players that started at least 16 games, Mark Dockery (Nicklesville, Va.), Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) and Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.). Dockery led the team with a 13.1 points per game average in 28 starts and 30 games played. Seymore also started 28 games and played in all 30. He averaged 8.9 points per game with a team-best 6.4 rebounds per contest. Smith started 16 times with 30 appearances and averaged 10.7 points per outing. Smith also led the team with 32 blocks.

Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) led King in a 97-56 exhibition victory Tuesday at Bluefield (Va.) College. Hewitt scored 22 points including five 3-pointers. Smith posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dockery poured in 17 points and freshman Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) added 10 points.

King will be Southern Indiana's second regular season game. The team hosts Ohio Dominican University on Friday. Southern Indiana did play two exhibition games, losing 76-67 at nationally-ranked Illinois and a 77-40 decision at Vanderbilt. Southern Indiana stayed close to Vanderbilt for the first moments, but offensive struggles doomed the Screaming Eagles.

A season ago Southern Indiana went 24-3 including a 15-1 mark at home and 15-3 in the GLVC West Division en route to a No. 9 national ranking.

Kentucky Wesleyan owned a 29-5 overall record a season ago with a trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. At home Kentucky Wesleyan posted an 18-2 mark for the 2009-10 season. Kentucky Wesleyan traveled to South Carolina for an exhibition game on Nov. 4 and lost 71-58. Two days later Kentucky Wesleyan played at Evansville and lost by two, 71-69. Kentucky Wesleyan played at Louisville Thursday and left with a 96-54 setback to close out the exhibition season.