SALEM, W.Va. - King College returned to the win column with an 84-63 win at Salem International (W.Va.) University Saturday.
The Tornado victory snapped a three-game skid as King improved to 7-9. Of the seven wins so far this season, five have been by 20 or more as the average margin of victory went to 21. Salem International slipped to 6-6 on the season.
King got a game-high 21 points from Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.). Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) was a rebound away from a double-double with 14 points and a game-best nine rebounds. Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) led all scorers from the bench with 11 points.
The Tornado took the lead and control with an 11-pount outburst in the later statges of the first half. IN a five-minute span the Tornado turned a 26-23 deficit into a 36-26 lead. Andrew Cleland (Albany, Ga.) tied things at 26 with his layup with 6:22 left in the half. On King's next poession Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) sunk a pair of free throws to put King in front. Fortune went 1-for-2 at the line a minute earlier before Cleland's game-tying basket.
Before King's run, the game had eight lead changes, four ties and the largest lead was when Salem was up 16-11 7:20 into the game.
Salem was able to end the half on an 8-5 run as King took a 39-32 lead into the halftime break.
King was able to hold Salem scoreless nearly three minutes to open the second half and the Tornado built a 48-32 lead and the team did not look back.
Cleland's jumper with 15:28 showing on the clock gave King a 58-37 lead, the first time the Tornado led by 20 or more. The difference was as much as 29 points, 77-48, with 7:33 left in the game. Salem International scored the next 11 points in a two minute span. From there King maintained a lead of at least 20 points the rest of the game.
King was 29-for-71 (40.8 percent) overall from the field. The 71 attempts ranked as the third most by the team this season while the five made three pointers by the team are a season low. At the free throw line the Tornado went 21-for-31 (67.7 percent).
The rebound battle was won by King 40-37. The Tornado forced 26 turnovers while only committing nine. The 26 turnovers by a foe are the most King had collected in the 2010-11 season.
The Tornado's bench outscored Salem's 24-8.
Salem International was 25-for-57 (43.9 percent) from the floor, four of the made baskets were behind the three-point line. Demetrick Walker led the home team with 20 points. Ricardo Lovelace chipped in 16 points. Lawrence Reed was the next leading scorer with six.
King travels to Voorhees (S.C.) College on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. contest. The Tornado's 2009-10 squad swept the season series with Voorhees. The game at Voorhees on Nov. 24, 2009, was a 63-49 score for King. The last time the two played, Feb. 20, 2010, in Bristol, King posted a 97-55 win as part of as part of a 9-0 month.