Tigerville, S.C. – The Brevard Tornados scored 15 of the game’s first 16 points and never looked back, steamrolling North Greenville, 66-44, Saturday afternoon at Hayes Gymnasium. Brevard (10-7, 2-5 South Atlantic Conference) has beaten the Crusaders (5-10) three years in a row at Hayes Gymnasium.
Jonathan Whitson (Clyde, N.C.) led the Tornados in scoring for the 16th time in 17 games, tallying 14 points. Nathan Whitmire (Rosman, N.C.) chipped in 13 points, Shane Galloway (Rosman, N.C.) played his finest game of the season, with 12 points and Darin Dellinger (Stanley, N.C.) broke out of a cold streak with 11 points. The Tornados shot 43.1% (25-58) from the floor and owned the glass, outrebounding North Greenville 43-31.
Kyler Vitko (Alpharetta, Ga.) was the only Crusader in double-figures, with ten points. NGU shot just 27.3% (15-55) from the floor and missed all 12 of their three-point field goal attempts.
The Tornados set the tone early, opening the game on a 12-0 run. Sam Carlisle (Raleigh, N.C.) scored two baskets in the stretch, and Whitson capped the outburst with a three-point play at the 15:26 mark.
Coach Chad Lister’s team finally scored on a free throw from Jason Wray (Fayetteville, N.C.) 5:05 into the game and did not get a field goal until a Jonathan Bozymowski (Piedmont, S.C.) lay-up at the 10:41 mark of the first half to make the score 15-3.
Brevard was not fazed by North Greenville’s entry into the scorebook. Following Bozymowski’s basket, the Tornados launched a 17-5 run, which included a pair of trifectas from Galloway and another long bomb from Dellinger. Whitmire capped the run with a fast break lay-up off a beautiful outlet pass from Sean Ferretti (Amherst, N.Y.) 3:27 before intermission to make the tally 32-8.
The black and blue ended the half with the final two baskets of the period, including a jumper from Dellinger at the halftime buzzer to make the score 37-14. North Grenville hit just four field goals in the first half.
Four more points from Dellinger pushed the lead to its peak, 41-14, with 19:07 to play. North Greenville rallied briefly in the second half but never seriously threatened the Tornados.
The Crusaders momentarily cut the lead under 20, 58-39, on a Paul Harrison (Alpharetta, Ga.) basket with 3:29 left, but Whitmire immediately responded with a three-pointer and Brevard never again led by less than 20, cruising to the 66-44 victory.
The win is Brevard’s first away from Boshamer Gymnasium since December 29, an 89-73 win over Emory & Henry in Marietta, Ohio and the first as a true road team since December 1, a 76-46 win at Warren Wilson. Forty-four points is the second-lowest total allowed by Brevard this season; Warren Wilson scored just 42 in the season-opener, on November 18.
Michael Jones and the Tornados return to SAC play and Boshamer Arena on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. appointment with Newberry. North Greenville hosts Warren Wilson Tuesday at 7 p.m.