March 10, 2011

Dockery takes top spot, King picks up victory over Victory 101-76

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College senior Mark Dockery scored a team-high 20 points to put his name atop the Tornado's All-Time Scoring list and helped King to a 101-76 NCCAA Mid-East Region Semifinal victory over Victory (Tenn.) University Thursday.

Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) passed Randy Poole (1974-78) with 1,803 points, four more than Poole's total. The 20 points gave him 603 for the season which is just the fourth time in program history a player went past 600 points in a single season.

King, the No. 2 seed, will now play top-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) University Saturday at 3 p.m. for the region championship and an automatic bid to the NCCAA Division I National Tournament. The Tornado, now 16-14 on the season, was a region runner up a season ago, but went to the nationals as an at-large bid. Campbellsville was a 95-75 winner over Tennessee Temple University. This will be a rematch of a game played on Feb. 16 in Campbellsville in which King won 72-63.

Dockery tied the mark with two free throws and 13:58 on the clock. The free throws came after a technical was given to Victory's coach. A small dry spell ended for the senior with a layup six minutes later to take over the top spot. He added two free throws later for his 18th 20-plus point game of the season and the 10th time he went over 20 in the last 12 games.

For the night Dockery was 6-for-19 overall with three 3-pointers. He added a 5-for-6 effort at the line, the most free throws of any Tornado and the five makes ties the total for Victory.

Fellow senior Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) moved to No. 11 on the All-Time scoring list with 17 points to give him 1,428 and pass Eric Ely. Smith needs 22 points to crack into the Top-10.

Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) grabbed 11 rebounds with 19 points. The junior's nine defensive rebounds moved him to No. 5 on King's single-season defensive rebound list with 185 this season. It was his seventh double-double of the 2010-11 campaign.

Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) finished with 14 points thanks to four 3-pointers.

Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) dished out nine assists, one more than Victory had as a team.

In the contest King never trailed after Seymore's three pointer started the scoring. The game was close early, but a Hewitt three pointer made the score 23-16 with 12:10 left in the half. After that King built the lead up to as many as 24 points down the stretch of the first half before Myron Strong hit back-to-back threes in the final minute. The Tornado enjoyed a 49-31 lead at halftime.

Strong came out and hit another three to start the second half, but 15 was as close as the visitors would be. The Tornado enjoyed a 30-plus point lead down the stretch and it grew to as many as 38.

Strong finished the game with 41 points by going 15-for-29 overall and 9-for-20 from long range. Victory's next leading scorer was Josh Gulliory with 13.

The Tornado forced 20 turnovers which led to 24 points. However Victory used King's 11 turnovers for 15 points.

For the game King was 37-for-73 (50.7 percent) and just 13-for-37 (35.1 percent) from behind the arc. On the other side Victory finished 30-for-67 (44.8 percent) with 11 three-pointers.

King had a slim 42-41 advantage on the glass.

Victory's season comes to a close at 16-15.