Harrogate, Tenn. - Brandon Armstrong scored 18 of his team-high 20 points in the second half and Darryl Garrett also added 20 points as host Lincoln Memorial overcame five three-pointers by Gaither Hendrix as the Tornados fell in Tex Turner Arena on Wednesday night,
Hendrix led Brevard (7-4, 5-2 SAC) on the night, tying a season-high with 24 points, hitting a game-high five three-pointers and added six assists as Brevard shot 44.0 percent (11-25) from behind the arc in the contest. Josh Roper added 14 of his 18 points in the second half, while Josh Jordan scored 16 points and pulled down five rebounds in the loss.
Armstrong and Garrett led the #11-ranked Railsplitters (15-0, 7-0 SAC) with 20 points apiece, while Desmond Johnson added 15 points and completed the double-double with 15 rebounds, hitting 11 of 14 free throws in the game. D’Mario Curry also achieved double figures scoring in the contest with 14 points and six rebounds.
Curry and Hendrix traded jumpers as both teams scored in the first possessions of the game, but Johnson scored the next four points and Curry added another jumper as Lincoln Memorial opened up the contest with an 8-2 lead, 16:33 into the game. The Railsplitters continued to build their lead, opening up a 17-point advantage over the Tornados following a three-pointer by Jordan at the 9:52 mark, putting LMU up 27-10.
Brevard brought it back to single digits with an 8-0 run as Schauss and Hendrix hit back-to-back three-pointers and Roper converted a pair of free throws, cutting the game to 27-18 with 9:01 remaining in the opening period, but LMU responded with another run in going back up 16 at 38-22 on a Jordan jumper inside the arc with 5:43 to play.
Hendrix ended the run and cut the lead again, hitting back-to-back three-pointers, scoring a game-high 16 points in the first half, hitting four three-pointers, with the last one coming at the 3:13 mark to put the score at 41-33. Moose and Roper sandwiched a Brandon Armstrong layup with jumpers of their own, before Curry closed out the first half with a turnaround jumper in the paint to send the teams to the locker room with Lincoln Memorial holding the 45-37 lead.
Armstrong took over the second half for the Railsplitters, scoring 13 points in the first 12 minutes of the second period, hitting a layup to put Lincoln Memorial up 70-55 with 9:45 remaining in the game. The Tornados again cut it back to within single digits, scoring eight straight points, capped by Ryson Felder connecting on a three-pointer as he was fouled and converted the four-point play to put the score at 70-64 with 8:25 left in the contest.
Down 16 again, with 6:32 to go following a pair of free throws by Garrett, the Tornados put together their final run of the game, cutting the lead back to eight at 82-74 on another three-pointer by Hendrix with 4:16 to play, but this was as close as Brevard would get the remainder of the game as the Tornados fell in Tex Turner Arena on Wednesday night, 96-82.
The Tornados shot 43.5 percent (30-69) from the floor in the game, but committed 13 turnovers in the loss. Lincoln Memorial held the 42-30 rebounding edge in the game, hitting 50.8 percent (30-59) from the field in the contest in their 15th consecutive victory.
Brevard continues on the road in conference play this weekend, traveling to Wingate, N.C. and Cuddy Arena as they take on Wingate University. Tipoff between the SAC opponents is set for 4 p.m.