FAIRBANKS, Alaska - King College was defeated in the final seconds 79-78 by the University of West Florida Friday at the Alaska Invitational.
King, now 1-3, saw West Florida use a lay up from Marquis Mathis at the end of the game to decide the outcome. It was the game's fourth lead change.
Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) gave King a 72-71 lead with 2:35 to go. From there the Tornado built a 76-71 lead with 52 seconds left. A three by Jamar Moore got West Florida within two. King's Brandon Goss (St. Louis, Mo.) hit two free throws with 26 seconds on the clock. A Mike Lewis three with 19 seconds to go made the margin one. Lio Gedeon (Marsh Harbor, Bahamas) missed two free throws with four seconds left which lead to the game-winning free throw for West Florida.
Mark Dockery (Nicklesville, Va.) poured in a team-high 24 points as he went 8-for-16 from the field. Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) and Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) both had 11 points. Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
Mike Lewis got 20 points for West Florida. Jamar Moore added 18 points and a dozen rebounds.
West Florida outrebounded King 50-30. Once again the Tornado forced 21 turnovers with only 15 on their end.
Both teams hit 28 shots from the field, but West Florida had three more three pointers, 11-8. King knocked down two more free throws, 14-12, but the Tornado needed two more out of the 10 misses.
King ends the Alaska Invitational Saturday with a 7 p.m. eastern game with Arkansas Fort Smith.