Brevard, N.C. - Gaither Hendrix continues to set personal career highs, scoring 28 points Saturday evening in Boshamer Gymnasium against visiting Belmont Abbey, but Jay Council matched Hendrix with 28 points and added 10 rebounds as the Tornados fell to the Crusaders, 90-80.
Hendrix scored 12 of his 19 first half points as Brevard (0-7) built a 30-16 lead with 9:42 left in the first half, but Belmont Abbey (4-2) was led by Council’s 13 points at the break as the Crusaders cut the lead all the way back to within two points in the first half before taking the lead for good on a Tyshawn Good layup at the 16:41 mark in the final 20 minutes.
Hendrix led the Tornados with his fourth 20-plus point scoring effort on the season, connecting on 10-for-23 from the floor, 5-for-14 from behind the arc. Jermichael Tanner added a career high 11 points, hitting three three-pointers while dishing out five assists and Darius Moose had a game high 11 rebounds to go with seven points as Brevard won the battle of the boards against Belmont Abbey.
Council led the Crusaders with 28 points, connecting on 9-for-12 from the floor to lead Belmont Abbey as the visitors connected on 54.4 percent (31-57) of their field goal attempts in the game. Terrone Sheffey added 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, while Good was also in double-digits with 16 points in the victory.
Brevard hit on their first three three-point attempts as Hendrix (twice) and Schauss connected from behind the arc in the first two minutes as the Tornados went up 9-4 at the 18:03 mark. The Crusaders cut the lead back to within one point as Good went in for the layup with 16:40 on the clock, but Brevard retained the lead on a pair of Aleksandar Vasiljevic free throws.
The Tornados built their largest lead of the first half at the 9:42 mark as Michael Gist connected on the old-fashioned three-point play off a steal as Brevard went up 30-16. Tim Mason and Moose traded baskets, before Belmont Abbey surged at the end of the half, going on a 21-10 run capped by Darryl Durham’s layup at the buzzer as the teams headed into the break with Brevard holding the 42-39 advantage.
The Crusaders took their first lead of the second half on a short jumper by Sheffey at the 17:30 mark, and after a pair of free throws by Gist, Good answered with a layup to put Belmont Abbey up 45-44 with 16:41 on the clock. Belmont Abbey went up 52-44 after the three-point play by Good, but the Tornados cut the lead back to within one after a three-pointer by Tanner and a Vasiljevic free throw at 52-51 with 12:02 on the clock.
Tanner tied the game up at 56 apiece, hitting a three-pointer and followed with a floater in the lane at the 9:23 mark, but Good against answered, this time with a free throw as Belmont Abbey steadily expanded their lead over the next eight minutes, going up by 10 at the 1:07 mark after a pair of Sheffey free throws.
Gerel Simmons and Tanner both hit three-pointers in the final minute of the game, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit as the Crusaders shot 13-for-16 from the free throw line, 6-for-6 in the final 30 seconds of the game to close out the 90-80 victory.
Chavis Hamilton recorded seven rebounds for the Tornados as Brevard out-rebounded Belmont Abbey 42-38 on the glass. Belmont Abbey was 24-for-29 from the free throw line in the second half, and 25-for-32 from the charity stripe in connected on 78.1 percent of their free throw attempts in the game.
Brevard remains at home on Monday, November 28th as they welcome Lees-McRae College to Boshamer Gymnasium for a non-conference game. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Bobcats is set for 8 p.m.