March 1, 2011

Tornado sees lead disappear late at Life

MARIETTA, Ga. - King College ended the 2010-11 men's basketball regular season Tuesday with a 95-89 setback at Life (Ga.) University.

Life tied things at 80 with 4:01 left after a three pointer by Dominique Rouse. The home team went onto score the next six points before Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) scored with 1:51 on the clock.

Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) put King up 80-76 with a basket with 5:59 to go before Life's 10-0 run.

Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) paced King with 23 points by going 8-for-18 from the field which included five 3-pointers. With Tuesday's output Dockery has scored 1,783 points in his collegiate career leaving him 17 away from taking the top spot on King's All-Time Scoring List. The 23 points gave him 18 20-plus point games this season as he moved to No. 4 on King's single-season scoring list with 583 so far.

Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) added 15 points and pulled in eight rebounds. Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) scored 14 points with half coming from the free throw line. Andrew Cleland (Albany, Ga.) was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor with a free throw for 11 points in the contest.

The Tornado enjoyed a 43-42 lead at halftime.

Life got a game-high 25 points from Tony Reese with 24 from P.J. Meyers. DeAndre Bryant and Rouse both finished with 13 points each.

For the game King was 32-for-65 (49.2 percent) with nine 3-pointers. Life finished 31-for-68 (45.6 percent) and 16 were from behind the arc which are the most by an opponent this season.

Life, with a 17-12 record, won the rebound battle 32-29, but King forced two more turnovers, 18-16.

This was the second meeting as King won the first one 124-113 on Feb. 10 in Bristol.

King, now at 15-14 on the season, will have to wait to see who is next as the NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament bracket will be announced Monday. The tournament will either be a four or five-team event, depending on Campbellsville (Ky.) University's run in the Mid-South Conference tournament this weekend. The Tornado will be the No. 1 seed for the NCCAA Mid-East for a second straight year if Campbellsville advances to the NAIA Division I National Tournament. If Campbellsville plays in the NCCAA Mid-East, King will be the No. 2 seed.