BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College made it seven straight wins over Montreat (N.C.) College as the Tornado was an 80-66 winner at home Wednesday with a double-double from Jason Seymore.
Seymore, a junior forward from Powell, Tenn., led the Tornado with 23 points as he was 8-for-9 from the field. He grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. It was his third double-double of the season and the second time he had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the last three games.
Montreat struck first, but King took a 5-3 lead after Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) drained a three 2:26 into the meeting. The game would be tied twice in the next minute. Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) broke a 7-7 tie with a basket and King built a 19-8 lead with 10:43 left in the half.
Dockery went onto finish with 15 points with Smith totaling 13 points and eight rebounds.
Montreat came back to take a 24-23 lead on a dunk from Giles Mack with 6:08 on the clock. Leo Gedeon (Marsh Harbor, Bahamas) tied the game and put King in front for good, 25-24, with his free throws with 4:59 before halftime. He grabbed seven rebounds in the contest. After that the Tornado outscored Montreat 11-2 before the half ended to take a 39-26 advantage to the locker room.
The lead was 20 for King, now at 5-6 in 2010, three minutes into the final half. The Tornado maintained a lead of at least 19 points for the next seven minutes. At the mid-point of the second half though Montreat tried to rally and got within 13, 65-52, thanks to seven straight points, five came from Cameron Hayes.
King did not blink and Seymore poured in five straight points of his own. The lead would swell to as many as 21 with 3:06 left.
Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) provided six assists and six points for the Tornado.
Montreat was led by Mack with 24 points. Matt Rushing poured in 13 points while Steve McBorrough had 10 rebounds.
King shot 45.8 percent (27-for-59) as a team with six 3-pointers. The squad made 20 free throws in 24 attempts (83.3 percent). The made free throws and percentage are both season highs.
The home team outrebounded Montreat 45-31 and King had 16 offensive rebounds which led to a dozen second-chance points. The Tornado used 19 turnovers for 23 points while Montreat scored a dozen points off 23 King turnovers, a season high for the team.
Montreat was 23-for-60 (38.3 percent) overall and also hit six 3-pointers. The Cavs were 14-for-21 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line.
The Tornado's last defeat against Montreat came on Montreat since Feb. 3, 2007. King's average margin of victory has been 15.9.
King welcomes Emory & Henry (Va.) College to Bristol for an 8 p.m. contest Saturday.