WILSON, N.C. — Six Tornado players finished with 10 or more points in King (Tenn.)’s 97-72 victory against No. 15 Barton on Thursday.
Jason Seymore went a perfect 10-for-10 from the field, tying a school record for shooting percentage in a single game. The Tornado remain undefeated in Conference Carolinas play, improving to 4-0 after defeating the defending conference champion Bulldogs on their home court.
Seymore had 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 from beyond the arc. Seymore recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 11 rebounds.
Adding to his career game, Seymore dished out four assists and recorded a pair of steals. He added two blocks in his 35 minutes of play.
With his unblemished shooting effort, Seymore becomes the second Tornado player in school history to hit 100 percent of his shots on a minimum of eight shot attempts.
King also set two single-game, team shooting records, eclipsing its previous bests in field goal and 3-point shooting percentages. The Tornado went 36-for-51 to finish 70.6 percent from the floor. From 3-point range, King shot 75 percent (9-for-12) to surpass their prior best of 65.2 percent set against Virginia-Wise on Jan. 30, 2007.
Michael Fortune joined Seymore with his first double-double of the season of a different variety. He scored 12 points to combine with his 10 assists.
Aside from Seymore and Fortune, four additional scorers netted 12 or more points for the Tornado. Senior Eddie Piccinini and freshman Drew Standifer each scored 16 points. Standifer went 8-for-9 from the field in a reserve role. Logan Lyle contributed 14 points and was perfect from 3-point range (3-for-3) while freshman Aaron Wheeler finished with 12 points.
Malcolm St. Louis 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 halftime by completing the first half on a 24-5 run. After the Bulldog’s Chris Flemmings regained the lead at 21-20 with 9:32 to go in the half, Jason Seymore responded with a layup to put King back on top at the beginning of a 19-point swing. Drew Standifer continued to shift the momentum in the Tornado’s favor with a dunk to go up by three. 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 3-pointers to break the 20-point marker, leading to a 48-28 score heading into intermission.
The Tornado continued its 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. The Tornado built their largest lead at 32 points when Lyle hit his third and final 3-pointer with 12:06 remaining. 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 55-24.