King drops home meeting to Indy, 92-82

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College saw the University of Indianapolis come to Bristol and leave with a 92-82 decision even though five Tornado players scored in double digits.

The Tornado, now at 4-6, saw Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) score 23 points for his fourth 20-plus point game of the season and the second straight. He was 8-for-15 from the field with six 3-pointers.

Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.), Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) and Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) all scored 16 each. For Fortune it was a career best for the freshman.

Indianapolis got 27 points from Wilbur O'Neal with an 11-for-14 effort. Fellow Greyhound Darius Adams chipped in 24 points, including four 3-pointers.

Adrian Moss finished with 16 points and provided nine assists and pulled down a game-best seven rebounds. DeWann Squires was credited with 10 points.

The Greyhounds raced out to score the first six points and open up a 22-11 lead 7:30 into the contest. However a Fortune 3-pointer got King within one, 26-25, three minutes later. During the Tornado's 14-4 run Smith scored five points with the other nine coming from beyond the arc.

Indianapolis answered with a basket to retake a three-point lead, but Hewitt knocked down a three to tie things at 28 with 8:13 left in the half.

The contest was tied again at 30, but Indianapolis went on an 11-1 spurt in a three-minute span with the first four points from O'Neal.

King trailed 41-31 with four minutes left in the opening half and could not get within eight the rest of the half as Indianapolis took a 51-37 lead into the locker room. The 51 points are the most allowed by King in the first half, four more than Milligan (Tenn.) College scored last week.

Indianapolis came out of the break and scored the first nine points. King would trail by as least 13 until the final moments. King got within 12, 89-77, after a Dockery three pointer with 91 seconds left. Three free throws, one by Moss and two from Adams pushed the lead back out. The Tornado did score the final five points.

The 92 points are the most allowed by King this season and the first time an opponent broke the 90-point mark since Jan. 4, 2010, when Emory & Henry (Va.) College finished with 108 as King won by five.

King was 28-for-56 (50.0 percent) overall from the field which was the fourth game the team shot over 50.0 percent this season. The home team went 13-for-28 (46.4 percent) which ranks as the second most made threes this season, three behind the total from Saturday's game against Virginia Intermont College. The Tornado was just 13-for-20 (65.0 percent) at the free throw line.

Indianapolis finished 36-for-60 (60.0 percent), highs for field goals allowed and field goal percentage by the Tornado defense so far in 2010-11. The Greyhounds went 10-for-19 (52.6 percent) beyond the 3-point line and 10-for-13 (76.9 percent) at the free throw line.

The visitors grabbed 31 rebounds with 27 for King. Both teams had 10 offensive rebounds.

For the fourth straight game King forced more turnovers than committed, 15-14. However Indianapolis scored 25 points off the turnovers while King profited with 14 points.

King stays at home as Montreat (N.C.) College comes for a 7 p.m. contest Wednesday.