Tornado picks up exhibition victory at Bluefield

BLUEFIELD, Va. - King College opened the 2010-11 men's basketball season with a dominate 97-56 victory at Bluefield (Va.) College in an exhibition tilt.

King got a game-high 22 points from Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.). He was 7-for-12 from the field including five 3-pointers. Hewitt added three free throws.

Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) used an 18 point and 11-rebound effort for a double-double. He was a perfect 8-for-8 at the free-throw line and had the game's only block.

Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) scored 17 points with 10 points from newcomer Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.).

Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) dished out eight of King's 25 assists. Brandon Goss (St. Louis, Mo.) also contributed seven assists and seven points.

Cordarrel Eldridge (Skokie, Ill.) had eight points off the Tornado bench to lead the reserve scoring.

King took a 51-28 lead into the halftime break.

Bluefield's Rob Wright led the Rams with 22 points. Byron Carpenter scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Tornado went 32-for-53 (62.5 percent) overall from the field and 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) behind the three-point line. Six different players hit a long-range shot for the Tornado. King was 20-for-26 (76.9 percent) at the free throw line.

King won the rebounding battle 34-25 and forced 23 Bluefield turnovers.

Bluefield went 19-for-64 (29.7 percent) in the game with six 3-pointers.

The regular season opener for King comes Saturday at Kentucky Wesleyan University with a 7 p.m. contest.

Last season King defeated Bluefield 80-56 in an exhibition game before the Tornado went onto a 24-6 record. King also beat Bluefield 96-68 in a NCCAA Mid-East Region semifinal contest.