Saturday, December 6, 2008


Whitson has his fourth double-double on the year.

Greeneville, Tenn.The Brevard College men’s basketball team fell to 0-1 in South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday afternoon, as the Tornados struggled offensively in the second half, falling to the Pioneers 65-48 in what was a very physical game.

The loss drops the Tornados to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the SAC thus far this season.  With the win the Pioneers improve to 5-2 and 1-0 in the SAC.

The Pioneers scored the first basket of the game on a lay-up by Josh Bennett to take an early 2-0 lead, a lead that the home team would hold on to for the rest of the contest as the Tornados were plagued by foul trouble and an early injury to guard Nathan Whitmire.

The Tornados got to as close as three points of the Pioneers on three separate occasions after the 16 minute mark, but would not get any closer than 32-29 with 17 seconds remaining in the first half, as Tusculum took a 33-29 lead into the halftime break.

Despite out-shooting the Pioneers in the first half, as BC connected on 10 of 24 of their shots for 41.7 percent compared to the Pioneers 8-of-24 for 33.3 percent, the difference in the first 20 minutes of play was at the free throw line.  Tusculum was 14-of-16 from the charity stripe in the first half, while the Tornados were 7-of-8 from the foul line.

Out of the halftime break the Tornados got an early three-pointer by senior Joseph Chilton to cut the Tusculum lead to one point at 33-32 with 19:18 to play in the contest.

The two teams traded baskets over the next two minutes giving the Pioneers a 37-33 lead. 

The turning point of the game came at the 15:40 mark as the Tornados had a fast-break lay-up basket, which would have cut the Tusculum lead to two at 37-35, taken away by a very late offensive charging foul call on freshman Michael Gist which swung the momentum to the Pioneers for the remaining of the game.

After the call, the Pioneers outscored the Tornados 23-6 over the next ten minutes of play to pull out to their largest lead of the game at 21 points at 60-39.

In the final five minutes of play, the Tornados showed their heart and did not give up, battling until the final horn sounded, ultimately falling 65-48.

For the game Brevard out-rebounded the Pioneers 36-31, the sixth straight game in which the Tornados have out-rebounded their opponents for the full 40 minutes of play.

The Tornados were led by junior Jonathan Whitson, as he had a team-high 15 points, 13 of which came in the first half, and hauled in 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year.  Center Sam Carlisle and point guard Cody Siniard had eight points a piece, while Chilton pulled down 10 rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

Tusculum junior guard Kyle Moore poured in a game-high 29 points, as the SAC scoring leader was 8-of-8 from the charity stripe in the game.  Fellow backcourt running mate Ryan Troutman had nine points, while his young brother and forward Rob Troutman had seven points, all coming from the free throw line.

The Tornados will have the next 23 days off from competition, as Coach Jones’ squad will not play again until December 29 in the first round of the Marietta College Tournament in Marietta, Ohio.  Tusculum will play host Lees-McRae on Wednesday, December 10 at 7 p.m.