Rock Hill, S.C.- A 12-3 run by the Winthrop Eagles to open the second half proved too much for the Tornados to overcome, with BC eventually falling 77-54 in the Winthrop Coliseum on Tuesday night.
The Eagles run gave them a 12-point advantage at the 15:36 mark in the second half, a lead they continued to expand as the game wore on. Gideon Gamble and Shola Diop each had 13 points to lead the Eagles scoring attack, and the pair combined for 13 rebounds.
BC gave Winthrop trouble early, as a layup from Alex Moe got Brevard out to a 2-0 lead to start the game. The Tornados led by as many as nine points in the first half, and were ahead for most of the opening period.
A dunk by Gideon Gamble at the 8:34 mark gave Winthrop their first lead at 23-22, but the Tornados would retake the lead on a Manzey Miller layup on BC’s next possession.
Nine first-half points from Miller helped to keep BC within striking distance, and the Tornados were tied as late as 30-30 after a Dominique Pickett three pointer with 1:23 remaining in the opening half. Brevard went into the break trailing by only four at 35-31.
The loss overshadowed another solid performance from sophomore Gerel Simmons, who led all scorers with 18 points. Simmons went 5-for-9 from the floor and 7-for-8 from the line while pulling down four rebounds.
The Tornados are back in action on Saturday as they head to Banner Elk to take on the Lees-McRae College Bobcats in Williams Gymnasium at 4 p.m.