Tornados fall in overtime thriller in SAC opener

Brevard falls to Anderson balanced attack, 66-62

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Brevard, N.C. - Gaither Hendrix led all scorers with 22 points and Drew Schauss added 11 of his 17 points in the second half and overtime, but a balanced offensive attack by Anderson, led by Nick Trull’s 14 points, paced the Trojans past Brevard in an overtime thriller in Boshamer Gymnasium on Wednesday evening, 66-62.

A pair of free throws by Hendrix in the closing seconds of the second half tied the game up at 55 apiece, sending the two teams into overtime. Hendrix and Schauss combined for all seven of Brevard’s (1-8, 0-1 SAC) points in the extra period, but Tyrell McDowell’s three-pointer put the Trojans (4-2, 1-0 SAC) ahead for good as the Tornados fell in the South Atlantic Conference opener for both teams.

Hendrix led all players with a game high 22 points in 42 minutes, going 8-for-10 from the free throw line in the loss. Schauss added three three-pointers among his 17 points, while Aleksandar Vasiljevic led the Tornados on the boards with 11 rebounds as Brevard out-rebounded Anderson 38-29. Darius Moose added six points and eight rebounds in the Tornados first SAC action on the season.

Trull led nine Anderson players who scored in the game with 14 points as the Trojans shot 49.1 percent (26-53) from the floor in the contest. Denzail Jones added 13 points and three assists, while Stephen Cobb added eight rebounds and two assists off the bench in the win.

Three-pointers by Trull and Jones helped the Trojans score eight of the first 10 points in the game, but a trey by Schauss and a tear drop floater in the paint by Jermichael Tanner evened the score at eight apiece at the 14:29 mark. The Trojans scored the next six points, going up 14-8 on a pair of Cobb free throws and though Brevard brought the game back within one possession twice on a layup by Hendrix at the 7:42 mark and a pair of Vasiljevic free throws with 5:32 on the clock, Anderson went on a 10-4 run to go into the halftime break with the 26-20 lead.

The Trojans built their largest lead of the game at the 16:17 mark on a jumper by Jones from the left wing, going up 34-22. Back-to-back three-pointers by Gerel Simmons and Dominique Pickett, followed by a pair of free throws by Michael Gist, cut the lead back to within single digits at 38-30 with 14:28 to play.

Brevard brought the game all the way back to within one point at the 7:34 mark as Hendrix connected on a three-pointer to cut the lead down to 46-45, before Brevard took their first lead of the half on a layup by Schauss four minutes later, putting the Tornados up 51-50 with 3:22 to play. A free throw by Jones tied the game up and Shugart and Vasiljevic traded jumpers in the paint before Cobb gave the Trojans the 55-53 lead with 39 seconds to play.

Hendrix followed with a pair of free throws to knot the game up and Trull’s shot at the buzzer fell short, sending the teams into overtime.

McDowell hit a three-pointer from the left wing on the opening possession to put the Trojans up 58-55 and Shugart hit a turnaround jumper in the paint to extend the lead to five with 3:57 to play. Hendrix answered with a pair of free throws, but after Schauss and Trull matched each other with three-pointers, Cobb hit a jumper and Trull connected on a free throw to put the game away as Brevard fell in their SAC opener, 66-62.

Brevard remains at home as they welcome #23 Tusculum College to Boshamer Gymnasium on Saturday, December 3rd. The Brevard Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is hosting their annual toy drive for the Toys For Tots organization at the game, with free admission given to any fan who brings a brand-new toy to contribute to the drive. Tipoff for the South Atlantic Conference game between the Tornados and the Pioneers is set for 4 p.m.

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