Anderson, S.C. - A second half three-point barrage by the Tornados paced a career-high 31 points by Darius Moose as Brevard handed the Anderson Trojans their first South Atlantic Conference loss of the season in the Abney Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon, 83-74.
The Tornados (3-16, 2-8 SAC) hit their first six three-pointers in the second half and five Brevard players connected from behind the arc as Brevard outscored Anderson (14-4, 9-1 SAC) 55-34 in the second half as the Tornados won in the Abney Athletic Center for the second consecutive season.
Moose finished the game with 31 points and nine rebounds in the win, going 9-for-12 from the floor and 10-for-12 from the free throw line in pacing the Tornados to a 53.8 percent (28-52) field goal percentage in the game. Gaither Hendrix added 19 points, while Dominique Pickett hit his first three three-point attempts in the second half to score a career high 13 points in the contest. Michael Gist added seven points and eight rebounds off the bench in the win.
Taylor Shugart led four Trojans in double-digits with 16 points, going 7-for-9 from the floor as Anderson shot 27-for-61 from the floor as a team in the loss. Chandler Hash added 15 points off the bench, while Tyrell McDowell and Stephen Cobb were in double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively.
McDowell opened the scoring in the contest, going in for the layup on the opening possession for Anderson, but the Tornados held the early lead as Darius Moose hit his first five shots from the floor, including the first eight points for Brevard as BC went up 8-4 on a Moose three-pointer at the 15:47 mark. The Trojans came back to tie the game inside as Shugart hit three consecutive baskets in the paint for the Trojans, the last coming with 14:08 to play to knot the game up at 10 apiece.
The teams traded the lead multiple times over the next six minutes as Moose hit a layup and free throw to put the Tornados up 20-18, but Chandler Hash followed with a jumper in the paint at the 8:13 mark to tie the score at 20. Hash’s basket started a 22-6 run, capped by a three-pointer by Lamb as the Trojans went up 40-24 with 1:26 left in the half.
Hendrix scored the final four points of the half with a pair of free throws and a floating layup in the lane, but Anderson held the 40-28 halftime advantage as the teams went into the break.
A Moose jumper on the opening possession opened the scoring in the second half as the Tornados come out of the gates firing from the outside. Pickett and Hendrix combined to connect on Brevard’s first six three-point attempts in the second half in a ran spanning from from the 18:26 mark to the 14:54 mark as Brevard erased the first half deficit as a Hendrix three-pointer tied the contest up at 48 apiece.
The Tornados barrage from behind the arc continued as Moose tied the game up again at 60 apiece with a three-pointer from the top of the key, and the sophomore forward added a layup to put Brevard up 62-60 at the 8:37 mark. Gist followed with a three-pointer on the next BC possession to extend the lead to five at 65-60.
Brevard continued to press their advantage from behind the arc in the contest as Schauss connected from the left corner before Gist went in for the dunk off the pass from Pickett to give the Tornados the 73-66 lead with 5:38 on the block.
Jones and Hash fought back to lead the Trojans as Anderson battled back to cut the game to within one possession at 77-74 at the 1:47 mark after a Jones layup off the fast break. However, the comeback fell short as Pickett recorded two steals underneath the Brevard basket and Schauss scored the final four BC points as the Tornados split the season series with the Trojans, 83-74.
Brevard returns home to Brevard, N.C. on Wednesday, February 1st as they welcome Carson-Newman College for a South Atlantic Conference game. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Eagles in Boshamer Gymnasium is set for 8 p.m.