FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - King College opened 2011 Sunday with 22 points from Mark Dockery and a double-double by Jason Seymore, but the Tornado lost a 79-71 contest at Nova Southeastern (Fla.) University.
Docerky, a senior from Nickelsville, Va., paced King six three pointers en route to the 22 points. He also pulled down six rebounds. It was his eighth 20-plus point effort of the season in 15 games.
Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) was next in the Tornado's scoring column with 17 points. He also grabbed 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.
King went to 6-9 on the season and will travel to Salem International (W.Va.) University for a 3 p.m. contest Saturday. Nova Southeastern, behind a four-game winning streak, has a 7-4 overall record after the game.
Nova started things with the first seven points, including a rare four-point play from Alex Gynes less than two minutes into the game.
Dockery had King's first two points, coming at the free throw line, 2:10 into the contest. The first King field goal was made by David Johnson (Tampa, Fla.) a minute later, however his three answered Lemar Dyer's long-range basket on Nova's previous possession.
A fourth three pointer from the home team boosted the margin to 10, 15-5.
Dockery got King within eight, 24-16, with 11:48 left in the half with his three pointer.
Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) hit back-to-back three pointers to bring King closer, 38-31, with 5:04 before the end of the opening half, but seven was as close as the Tornado would be in the first half. Nova took a 48-33 lead into the halftime break thanks to scoring the final eight points of the half.
Hewitt went onto finish with 13 points.
Four straight points from Seymore got King within five, 73-68, with 3:18 to go. The final six points from Nova Southeastern all came at the free throw line as the team missed two field goal attempts. On the other side King was 1-for-6 down the stretch, the only points coming from a long-range basket by Dockery with 72 seconds left.
Robert Huntington led the home team with 23 points. Gynes finished with 19 points. John Brooks and Lukas Roesch both scored 11 apiece.
King was 23-for-68 overall with 12 three pointers made. Nova Southeastern finished 27-for-56 with 10 of the baskets coming from behind the three-point line.
The Tornado won the rebound category 44-37. Both teams committed a dozen turnovers.