Belmont, N.C. - Brevard scored the first eight points in the overtime period to take an 81-73 lead behind the play of Josh Roper, Jacques Dovonou and Darin Dellinger, but a comeback by Belmont Abbey in the last minute, capped by a bank shot by Kyle Phillips gave the Crusaders the come-from-behind win, 83-81.
Sam Carlisle and Dovonou led the Tornados (0-1, 0-0 SAC) with 17 points apiece, as Carlisle went eight for 11 from the floor and pulled down eight rebounds, while Dovonou connected on three shots from behind the arc and pulled down five rebounds. Josh Roper added 16 points for the Tornados, including four in the overtime period to go with five assists and Jonathan Whitson contributed a team-high nine rebounds in the game as Brevard shot 52.4 percent (33-63) from the floor for the game.
Belmont Abbey (1-0) was led by Richard Barbee with 27 points. Barbee was joined in double-figures by Chad Patus with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Phillips with 16 points.
The Tornados and the Crusaders were tied through the first 12 minutes of the first half at 17 apiece as Carlisle had six early points. The teams would combine for 43 points the rest of the half as the offenses came alive with Dovonou connecting on all three of his three-point attempts in the half to spark the Tornados offense, but the Crusaders were led by Patus’ 16 points in the first half, including a buzzer beater to give Belmont Abbey the lead going into the half, 42-35.
The lead would extend to 16 at the 17:50 mark in the second half after a layup by Andre Fells at 51-35, before the Tornados began a 32-15 run that spanned 12 and a half minutes and was capped by a jumper by Roper as the Tornados took the lead 67-66 with 4:34 to go in the second half. Drew Schauss had six points for the Tornados during the span, making all three shots attempted.
Barbee hit a three-pointer for the Crusaders with 39 seconds remaining to put the host team up 73-72. A free throw by Darin Dellinger tied the game up at the 23 second mark and a Barbee attempt at the buzzer was wide as the teams went into overtime tied 73 all.
Brevard scored the first eight points of the overtime period and held the Crusaders scoreless for the first 3:52 as Roper drilled a shot from behind the arc and chipped in a free throw, while Dovonou added a layup and Dellinger sunk a shot from 18 feet out as the shot clock wound down to put Brevard up 81-73.
Belmont Abbey would rally behind three-pointers by Barbee and Patrick Kuhlman before a bank shot from the left block by Phillips as time expired gave the Crusaders the 83-81 win.
The Tornados are back in action on Saturday, November 21st, as they travel to Tigerville, S.C. to take on North Greenville University. The Tornados swept the season series against North Greenville last season, winning on the road 66-44 on January 24th, and at home in Boshamer Gymnasium on February 11th, 78-62. Tipoff between the Tornados and Crusaders inside Hayes Gymnasium is set for 6 p.m.