Tornado wins third place game at NCCAA

OAKLAND CITY, Ind. - King College wrapped up third place with a 71-63 win over Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College Saturday at the NCCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament.

King closed out the 2010-11 season with a 19-15 record and the third-place finish was the second straight season in the Top-3 at the NCCAA Nationals after a runner-up finish a season ago.

Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) finished his four-year career with a game-high 18 points Saturday. He totaled 1,884 to end as the Tornado's All-Time Scoring leader. In addition his 684 points this season ranks first in program history for a single season. He also leaves King as the career three-point field goal (396), three-point field goal attempts (1,004) and assists (168).

Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) poured in a dozen points while Brandon Goss (St. Louis, Mo.) had 11 points off the bench. Hewitt used five steals to end the season with 82, second on King's single-season list.

Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) used six points to move to No. 8 on King's All-Time Scoring list with 1,492 points, three more than Dusan Vucen. Smith also grabbed seven rebounds and Jason Powell (Powell, Tenn.) also had seven rebounds with his eight points.

Seymore broke a 10-10 tie with a free throw 11:55 left in the half. The 10-10 score was the third time the game was tied and Seymore's free throw put the Tornado in front for good.

King's defense kept Roberts Wesleyan off the scoreboard for five minutes and the Tornado reeled off nine points to build a 19-10 lead.

Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) hit a three which put King in front 24-12 with 6:28 left before halftime.

King enjoyed a 37-19 halftime lead thanks to 20 points off turnovers.

Roberts Wesleyan got within three with 6:32 to go as the score had 56-53. Goss put a pair of free throws in with 5:42 on the clock and King led by at least five the rest of the game.

Alif Bland paced Roberts Wesleyan with 13 points. Jordan Heath had 11 points with 14 rebounds. Dan Foley added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Roberts Wesleyan hit 25 shots, three more than King, but the Tornado had two more from behind the three-point line, 7-5. King was 20-for-31 at the line compared to 8-for-13 for the fourth-place finishers.