BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College lost the home opener of the 2010-11 season by a 62-57 score to Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University Wednesday despite four Tornado players scoring in double-digits.
King, now at 3-5, will welcome Virginia Intermont College to the Student Center for a 7:30 p.m. contest Saturday.
The Tornado got 14 points from Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) thanks to three 3-pointers in the game. Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) followed closely with 13 points. Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) and Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) both scored 11. Seymore and Hewitt each provided four assists.
Lincoln Memorial, with a 6-0 record, saw D'Mario Curry and Darryl Garrett both finish with 17 points.
King tied the game for the first time with under a minute left at 57 after Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) answered the call with a three pointer. Darryl Garrett put the visiting team back up by three with his long-range shot with seconds remaining. A foul on Seymore sent Desmond Johnson to the line for two free throws with 2.4 seconds left and he converted on both.
Lincoln Memorial scored the first two points of the game and pushed a lead out to a dozen, 22-10, points at the midpoint of the half. King did not quit and made the score 32-27 at halftime.
In the opening moments of the second half King cut the lead down to two, 38-36, in a three-minute span. After that Lincoln Memorial used a 9-1 run to build the difference to 10. Back-to-back three pointers from Hewitt got King within four. After that King was a point behind two times before Fortune's three tied the game.
King finished the game 22-for-57 (38.6 percent), just one fewer field goals than Lincoln Memorial, 23-for-52 (44.2 percent). The Tornado had two more three pointers, but Lincoln Memorial had five more made free throws, 9-4. Both teams had 10 free throw attempts. Five different King players went to the line.
The Tornado forced 20 turnovers which led to 23 points and King only gave up 10 points off 13 turnovers.
Lincoln Memorial had a 39-31 rebounding advantage.
Bench points were not a factor as Lincoln Memorial had a 4-2 lead in that category.