ASHEVILLE, N.C. - King College's Mark Dockery posted a career-high 30 points, but it was not enough for the Tornado at NCAA Division I foe UNC Asheville Thursday, as the home team won 90-72.
Dockery ended the first half with 23 points. The first-half output ranked as the fifth most points by a Tornado this season. It was his sixth 20-plus performance of 2010-11. His previous career-best 28 points came on Nov. 29, 2010 at Milligan (Tenn.) College. For the game he went 9-for-19 overall and 6-for-15 behind the three-point line. He also converted six free throws. His seven rebounds was a team-best in the contest. Dockery became the first Tornado player with 30 or more since Kyle Savely poured in 35 against Tennessee Wesleyan College on Feb. 18, 2009.
Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) only had five points in the first half, but ended with 15 for the game. It was his sixth straight double-digit scoring effort. He was 6-for-12 overall which included two 3-pointers. He also pulled down five rebounds and dished out two assists.
Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) finished with a dozen points, 10 of which came in the second half.
The Bulldogs were led by Matt Dickey and his 21 points. D.J. Cunningham added 20 points and 11 rebounds. J.P. Primm was responsible for 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Quinard Jackson scored a dozen points and grabbed seven rebounds.
After the game King went to 6-7 while Asheville evened the record at 5-5.
A basket from the home team was answered by a pair of free throws from Dockery. Seymore put the Tornado in front with his three pointer 85 seconds into the game. From there UNC Asheville scored the next 11 points.
A layup from Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) stopped the King drought and a long three pointer from Dockery brought King back to 13-10. A Dockery fade away from 12 feet out got the Tornado within one and then he nailed a three giving King a 15-13 lead 5:26 into the contest.
Jackson tied things up on Asheville's next possession and Primm used a three pointer two minutes later to make it an 18-15 score. The Bulldogs added three more points, but Dockery cut the lead in half with another long-range basket.
The teams traded points, but King got the lead, 28-27, with a Smith lay up with 8:01 before the end of the half.
Asheville regained the lead with a pair of free throws from Jackson. The Bulldogs went on a 10-3 run in a three-minute span to open up a nine-point lead, 39-30. Dockery ended the slump with another three pointer with 3:33 left in the half with the score 39-33 in favor of Asheville at that point.
Asheville kept the difference at least eight points and it got to 12, 47-35, after a lay up from Dickey after a Dockery three-point attempt rolled out with 71 seconds left in the half. The Bulldogs got three more points before the half ended. King had a scoring opportunity before the buzzer, but was unable to cut into the 50-37 score.
Only the University of Indianapolis (Ind.) scored more points in a first half this season on the Tornado with 51. The 13-point difference was not the largest King faced in 2010-11 as the Tornado was down 14 against both Southern Indiana University and Indianapolis. King went onto outscore both teams in the second half, but not enough to come from behind to win.
Asheville came out in the final half and posted the first five points before Seymore laid in two points 2:05 into the half.
The difference became 21 points, 60-39, but Andrew Cleland (Albany, Ga.) had a layup with 15:55 to go. A Dockery jumper made the score 63-49 with 13:36 on the clock.
The margin eventually got to 20, 71-51, at the mid-point of the half. David Johnson (Tampa, Fla.) used a three to get the deficit under 20.
Brandon Goss (St. Louis, Mo.) hit a three pointer with 5:22 left to bring King within 14, 79-65.
A three from Dickey pushed the home team back out by 21, 88-67, with 2:11 to go.
King finished the game 26-for-64 (40.6 percent) and 11-for-29 (37.9 percent) from behind the 3-point line. The Tornado shot 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) at the free-throw line. The Bulldogs were 32-for-57 (56.1 percent) with just five 3-pointers. UNC Asheville was 21-for-28 (75.0 percent) at the free throw line.
King was able to score 17 points off a dozen Bulldog turnovers. On the other side UNC Asheville had eight points on nine King turnovers.
The rebounding edge went to the home team 44-24. The Bulldogs had a dozen offensive rebounds which led to 13 second-chance points.
King travels to Bellarmine (Ky.) University, the No. 1 team in the latest NABC/Division II rankings, Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.