BREVARD, N.C.- The Brevard College men’s basketball team knocked down four three-pointers over the final 3:04 of play to earn an 81-78 win despite a furious comeback by the Queens University Royals on Saturday afternoon in Boshamer Gymnasium.
After a lopsided first half that saw BC lead by as many as 26, the Royals closed the gap in the second half thanks to an 18-1 run made it a one-point game. The Tornados stretched their lead back out to four points before QU eventually took their first lead of the game at 61-60 with just over eight minutes left.
From there the score was tied four times over the final 6:46 of play. Five unanswered gave Queens their biggest lead of the game at 69-64 before the Tornados clawed back to tie the game at 74-74 on a Miles Leathers three with 2:14 on the clock.
Dominique Pickett drilled a three to give BC a 77-74 lead on BC’s next possession before QU’s Jarrett Stokes, who had a game-high 31 points, answered with a three to tie it at 77-77 with 1:26 to go
Leathers drilled another three to put BC in back in front, this time for good, with 1:01 left to play. The two teams exchanged free throws over the final minute, but a deep heave from Stokes fell short at the buzzer to give BC their second conference win of the year.
The Tornados shot 53.6 percent (30-of-56) from the floor in the game, thanks to efficient performances by Miles Leathers (10-for-13) and Trevon Shaw (6-for-8). Leathers poured in a career-high 26 points.
Pickett scored all of his 14 points after the break to help BC hold off a relentless Queens push in the second half.
Brevard rolled to a 34-8 advantage to start the game, scoring the game’s first 10 points and keeping the Royals off the scoreboard until a Josh Clyburn jumper at the 13:57 mark in the first half. Although BC eventually cooled off, the Tornados still managed to shoot 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from the field in the first half.
Queens began to chip away at BC’s advantage with a 15-5 run just before the half, and were able to cut the lead to 43-29 at halftime. Shaw had 16 of his 19 points before the break to help fuel BC’s hot start.
BC made it look easy at times against the league’s best defense, which had been allowing 66.7 points per game entering Saturday’s action. The Tornados’ 81 points ties the highest point total scored against the Royals through eight games this season.
Darius Moose also chipped in 17 points for BC, notching his third double-double of the season with a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Tornados are in action against another Division I opponent as they visit The Citadel on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. in McAlister Field House for their final game of 2013.