Thursday, March 4, 2010


Brevard, N.C. - The third-seed Brevard College Tornados men’s basketball team continues postseason play on Saturday, March 6th, at Catawba Valley Community College, as the Tornados take on the seventh-seeded Carson-Newman Eagles at 2:30 p.m.

Brevard reached the semifinals of the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament by defeating Wingate on Wednesday night, 88-79, behind a 30-point performance by junior guard Josh Roper. The win placed the Southeast regionally 10th-ranked Tornados at 19-9 on the season, in prime position to take a spot in the NCAA Division II tournament.

The Tornados and the Eagles have faced each other twice this season already.

Brevard took the first game between the two teams, winning game one on January 20th in Boshamer Gymnasium, 67-65. Jonathan Whitson led four Tornados in double figures in game with 14 points as Brevard was able to withstand a brilliant game by Eagles’ Cameron Sharp as the sophomore hit seven three-pointers to keep Carson-Newman in the game. Ultimately, the defensive effort by Josh Roper at the end of the game forced a wild last second shot by Sharp as Brevard won the contest.

In the rematch between the two teams at Holt Fieldhouse, Brevard defeated the Eagles 76-59 on February 17th. Sam Carlisle led the way for the Tornados in a game which saw Brevard go up by as many as 28 points, with the 6-10 senior scoring 23 points and pulling down nine rebounds. The Tornados opened the game by going up 39-16 in the first half and held a 74-46 lead in the second half on their way to the season sweep.

Key players in the game for the Tornados include Roper, Whitson, Carlisle and senior guard/forward Nathan Whitmire.

Roper leads the Tornados in points per game and assists, sitting fourth in the South Atlantic Conference with 20.2 points per game and second with 4.36 assists per contest. Whitson is also among the conference scoring leaders at 17.8 points per game, while sitting second with 8.1 rebounds per game. Carlisle has come on recently to increase his scoring to 11.1 points per game and is third in the SAC in rebounding with 7.3 per contest. Whitmire has caught in the past four games for the Tornados, averaging 16.3 points per game and five rebounds per game to help balance the scoring and give Coach Michael Jones another offensive weapon to use.

Carson-Newman knocked off second-seeded Tusculum on Wednesday behind Tray Okoth’s career night as the senior scored 25 points to lead the Eagles to the 76-69 upset.

The Eagles are led on the season by Jordan Dixon, Darron Maxtion and Sharp. Dixon leads the team with 12.8 points per game, while Maxtion is at 11.4 points and is second on the team with 5.1 rebounds per game. Sharp rounds out the group averaging double digits for Coach Dale Clayton with 10.5 points per game and is hitting 37.8 percent of his three-point attempts on the season.

Tipoff for the game between the Tornados and the Eagles is set for Saturday, March 6th, at 2:30 p.m. at Catawba Valley Community College following the other men’s semifinal game between top-seed Catawba and fourth-seed Lincoln Memorial. The 2010 Food Lion SAC Tournament Championship is set for Sunday, March 7th, at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the semifinals and championships will be on sale at the CVCC arena on the day of the games. Semifinals and Championship ticket prices are $10 per day (Adults); $5 per day (students, college students with ID and children).

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