Due West, S.C. - Josh Jordan recorded his second double-double of the season, scoring 19 points and pulling down 14 rebounds as the Tornados survived an overtime thriller for the second straight season in Belk Arena, defeating the Erskine Flying Fleet on Monday night, 54-50.
Jordan scored the first three points of the overtime period, staking Brevard (8-8, 5-4 SAC) to a lead they would not relinquish as the Tornados snapped a five game losing streak on Monday night. Gaither Hendrix and Drew Schauss added nine points apiece for Brevard as the Tornados overcame a nine-point first half deficit to record their first victory since January 15th.
Filip Pejovic came off the bench to lead the Flying Fleet (2-13) with 17 points, hitting three three-pointers in the game, while Casey Sorrell scored 11 points as Erskine fell dropped their fourth straight game.
The teams tied the score up three times in the first nine minutes, as Jordan knotted the game up at nine apiece with 11:48 to play, but two possessions later, a three-pointer by Pejovic put the Flying Fleet up 12-9, giving them a lead they would not relinquish the remainder of the half. Erskine would build a 10 point lead in the first half as Pejovic drilled his third trey of the game, putting the hosts up 26-16 with 1:13 remaining, but Hendrix cut into the lead with a free throw with 34 seconds on the clock as the teams went into the break with Erskine up 26-17.
Jordan scored the first six points of the second half for Jordan to cut the lead back to three, but Sorrell answered with a 6-0 run of his own as the teams battled throughout the second half. Brevard cut the lead to one twice in the half at the 6:53 mark as Hendrix hit a three-pointer to cut it to 40-39 and Jordan hit a jumper in the paint to put it at 42-41, before Brevard took its first lead of the second half as Ryson Felder recorded a steal and outraced everyone to the basket for the layup to give Brevard the 43-42 lead with 4:06 on the clock.
The Tornados seemed to take the lead for good with 20 seconds in the contest as Hendrix hit a jumper. Following an Erskine timeout, Pejovic was fouled by Jordan with time running out and the junior from Prijepolje, Serbia hit both free throws to tie the game up and send it to overtime tied at 47.
Jordan and Chris Gore traded free throws, before Jordan took a pass from Jermichael Tanner and went in for the basket, putting the Tornados up 50-48 with 3:06 remaining in the period. Hendrix expanded the lead to five, hitting a shot and converting the free throw after being fouled by Brandon Quarles. Pejovic answered with a pair of free throws with 2:03 remaining, but defense took over the remainder of the period until Darius Moose hit a free throw with seven seconds remaining as Brevard took home the 54-50 victory.
The Tornados out-rebounded the Flying Fleet, 41-34 and Josh Jordan added three blocked shots as Brevard controlled the paint against Erskine, scoring 24 points, while holding the Flying Fleet to 12. Erskine’s bench led the Flying Fleet’s offense, led by Pejovic’s 17 points as the Flying Fleet scored 29 points, keeping Erskine in the game.
Brevard stays on the road as they head back into South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday evening, traveling to Jefferson City, Tenn. to take on the Carson-Newman Eagles. Tipoff in Holt Fieldhouse is set for 8 p.m.