Hickory, N.C. - Drew Schauss scored 10 consecutive points for the Tornados in leading a Brevard second half comeback, but the Bears led by as many as 20 points in the contest as Brevard fell in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday evening, 56-45.
Schauss led Brevard (2-13, 1-5 SAC) with a game high 17 points as the Tornados shot 27.3 percent (15-55) from the floor in the contest. Gaither Hendrix added 13 points and three steals, while Aleksandar Vasiljevic had six points and six rebounds as the Tornados fell in conference play.
Allan Jones led three Bears (7-8, 3-3 SAC) in double-digits with 13 points as Lenoir-Rhyne snapped a four game skid against the Tornados. Kevin Davis added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Hunter McClintock had 11 points, hitting a pair of three-pointers in the victory.
Hendrix hit the first basket of the game and both Hendrix and Moose hit three-pointers as Brevard opened the game scoring 11 of the first 13 points to take the 11-2 lead at the 15:43 mark. The Bears responded with the next eight points, cutting the lead to one at 11-10 on a jumper by Blackmon with 11:57 to play.
The Bears tied the game up for the first time at 14 apiece on a Jones layup, before Lenoir-Rhyne took their first lead of the contest on a three-pointer by Hunter McClintock from the left wing. Moose tied the game back up with a free throw on the following possession and Brevard took their final lead of the half on an Aleksandar Vasiljevic free throw at the 6:43 mark, putting the score at 22-21, but Bryce Hawkins answered with a jumper to give the lead back to the Bears.
Hawkins’ basket opened a 13-0 run spanning the next five minutes as the Bears went up 34-22 after a jumper from the free throw line by Matt Kunz. A Vasiljevic free throw ended the run, but Blackmon put L-R up 13 with the final basket of the half as Lenoir-Rhyne went into the break up 36-23.
Lenoir-Rhyne continued to press their advantage in the second half, going up by as many as 20 after Jones laid the ball in at the 7:13 mark to put the score at 53-33. Brevard steadily chipped away at the lead, cutting the score back to within 10 points with 2:24 to play on a Schauss three-pointer from the right wing as the Tornados capped off a 12-2 run.
Schauss scored 10 consecutive points for the Tornados during the run as the Brevard made their final comeback attempt, but the teams combined for one point over the final two minutes as McClintock hit a free throw for the Bears as Lenoir-Rhyne held on for the 56-45 victory.
Brevard returns home to Boshamer Gymnasium as they welcome Lincoln Memorial University to Brevard, N.C. on Wednesday, January 18th. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Railsplitters is set for 8 p.m.