Tornado blows away Wasps from long distance

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College never trailed Saturday as the 3-pointers fell early and often in the Tornado's 94-63 win over Emory & Henry (Va.) College. In all seven Tornado players connected from beyond the arc in the victory.

King, now at 6-6 on the season, came out and hit 10 three pointers in the first half in 13 attempts (76.9 percent). In the final 20 minutes the Tornado went 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) from long range to finish the contest 15-for-25 (60.0 percent). Overall King was 32-for-57 (56.1 percent).

Five of the long-range shots came from freshman Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) in six attempts. He went onto finish with 19 points along with three assists.

Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.), Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) and Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) all scored 16 points apiece.

The Tornado scored the first four points of the game and then Emory & Henry got within two, 10-8, at the 3:38 mark. From there King went on a 10-2 run to enjoy a double-digit lead for the first time. The lead was cut to nine, 21-12, with 12:43 on the clock and back-to-back three pointers from Fortune and Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) put the game out of reach. King led by 20 or more for the final 7:30 of the first half as the score after 20 minutes was 56-27.

It took King 2:30 into the second half to make the advantage 30, 62-32. After that King led by as many as 34, but the difference never got under 23 for the rest of the night.

Emory & Henry was led by Josh Cunningham with 21 points, all from beyond the 3-point line. Terrance Grigg added 15 points.

King forced 25 turnovers and used those for 29 points. Emory & Henry scored 11 points off 11 King turnovers. The Tornado had one more rebound, 31-30, than the Wasps.

Next on the schedule for the Tornado squad is a trip to play NCAA Division I member UNC-Asheville Thursday. The game will tip off at 7 p.m.