WILSON, N.C. – Six Tornado players finished with 10 or more points in King's 97-72 victory over the No. 15 Barton Bulldogs, Thursday night. Jason Seymore went a perfect 10-for-10 shooting, tying a school record in single game shooting percentage, in the team's ninth win of the season. The Tornado also set two team, single-game shooting records and remain undefeated in Conference Carolinas play, improving to 4-0 after defeating the defending conference champions on their home court.
Seymore, a senior from Powell, Tenn., had a perfect night from the floor hitting all 10 shots he took to total a season-high 24 points. He also went 2-for-2 from the free throw line to stay perfect on the offensive front. Of his 10 makes, two were long distance shots while the remaining eight were two pointers. Seymore tallied his fourth double-double of the season when adding 11 rebounds, 10 on the defensive end.
Adding to his career game, Seymore tallied four assists and caused two turnovers via steal. He added two blocks in his 35 minutes of play.
With his unblemished shooting effort, Seymore becomes the second Tornado player in recorded school history to hit 100 percent of his shots (min. 8). The only other player to accomplish the feat was Brian Allen on Feb. 6, 1997 when he went 8-for-8 against Alice Lloyd. This marks the second time Seymore's name appears on the top single game shooters list. Previously, he was tied for second in field goal percentage after going 9-for-10 against Union (Ky.) on Jan. 11, 2010.
King also set two single-game, team shooting records, eclipsing its previous bests in field goal and three-point shooting percentages. King shot 66 percent (31-for-47) set against Grace University on March 19, 2010. The Tornado went 36-for-51 to finish 70.6 percent from field goal range. From three-point range, King shot 75 percent (9-for-12) against Barton to surpass their prior best of 65.2 percent set against UVA-Wise on Jan. 30, 2007.
Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) joined Seymore with his first double-double of the season of a different variety. The junior guard scored 12 points to combine with his 10 assists over 31 minutes on the floor.
Overall, King featured six players to score 10 or more points in their upset win over nationally-ranked Barton. Alongside of Seymore and Fortune were four additional scorers with a minimum of 12 points. Senior Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman Drew Standifer (Knoxville, Tenn.) both score 16 points. Standifer went 8-for-9 from field goal range in a reserve role. Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) tallied 14 points and was perfect from three-point range (3-for-3) while freshman Aaron Wheeler (Morristown, Tenn.) finished with 12 points.
Malcolm St. Louis (Lebanon, Tenn.) earned his first start of his career and led the team with 12 rebounds in 19 minutes.
King (9-1, 4-0) took a 20 point lead into the locker room by completing the first half on a 24-5 run. After the Bulldog's Chris Flemmings regained the lead, 21-20, with a three-point bucket with 9:32 to go in the half Jason Seymore responded with his second straight layup to put King back on top and begin the 19-point swing. Drew Standifer continued to shift the momentum in the Tornado's favor with a powerful dunk to go up by three, 24-21. Seymore scored four more points during the run while Aaron Wheeler scored four of the team's next eight points to extend the lead to 13. Lyle then hit back-to-back threes to break the 20-point marker, leading to a 48-28 score heading into the locker room.
The Tornado continued its hot streak in the second half when Eddie Piccinini scored the first five King points in consecutive possessions. The lead turned to 27 points after another Barton turnover turned into a tip in by Malcolm St. Louis, putting King up 55-28. They built their largest lead, 32 points, when Lyle hit his third and final three pointer with 12:06 remaining to make the score 67-35. Barton never recovered as the Tornado cruised to a 97-72 victory.
King dominated the boards on the defensive end, outrebounding the Bulldogs 43-27 and giving the Tornado 11 second chance points. King ruled the painted area by outscoring Barton by more than double, 55-24.
With the win and a Barton loss, King is now one of two Conference Carolinas teams that remains undefeated in league play. They join Limestone College (8-2) with 4-0 records. Barton entered the game versus King ranked 15th by the latest NABC Top-25 Coaches' Poll. They now fall to 7-2 (2-1).
King will return to the Student Center Complex this Saturday, Jan. 5, to host Belmont Abbey College. They will follow the women's basketball game versus the Crusaders with a tentative 7:30 p.m. tipoff time.