February 16, 2011

Tornado knocks off NCCAA No. 3 Campbellsville, 72-63

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - The King College men's basketball traveled to Campbellsville (Ky.) University Wednesday in a Top-10 NCCAA Division I meeting and the Tornado left with a 72-63 victory.

The win boosted King's record to 13-12 as the Tornado entered the game No. 10 in this week's NCCAA Division I Burbridge. Campbellsville, No. 3 in the Burbridge, slipped to 15-12.

Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) paced all scorers with 26 points. He was 9-for-17 from the field which included four 3-pointers. The 26 points gave the senior 1,692 for his career, 102 behind Alvin Simmons for the No. 2 spot on King's all-time scoring list.

Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) used a 10-point and 10-rebound effort for a double-double. It was his seventh double-double of the season

Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) finished with 15 points. Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) poured in 10 points as well to give King four starters in double-digits.

Campbellsville was led by Reggie Smith and 25 points. Caleb Harris and Shawn Savage both finished with a dozen points.

For the game King went 26-for-54 (48.2 percent) while Campbellsville was 20-for-52 (38.5). The home team had seven more three pointers, 13-6. Both teams pulled in 34 rebounds, but King had 12 steals on 13 Campbellsville turnovers. King only had nine turnovers.

After the first 20 minutes King had a 30-22 lead.

The Tornado bench did not score until the last minute when Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) sunk a free throw. Despite the lack of bench scoring, King did have a 36-12 advantage in the paint.

Wednesday's game was just the second meeting in program history as King evened the record. The Tornado suffered an 83-78 loss in Campbellsville on Jan. 2, 2009.

For King it was the third straight win over a team from Kentucky as the Tornado defeated Alice Lloyd and Union in January.

King welcomes Central State (Ohio) University for a 4 p.m. game Saturday. When the Tornado went to Central State on Jan. 29, King ended up on the short side of an 86-82 contest.