Harrogate, Tenn. - Josh Roper scored 25 points, ripping off 13 straight points in the second half, but the Railsplitters were led by D’Mario Curry’s 25 points and six blocked shots as Tornados fell in their first South Atlantic Conference game of the season, 85-70.
Jacques Dovonou had his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds as Brevard (9-4, 3-1 SAC) outrebounded the Railsplitters 48-34 in the contest. Jonathan Whitson added 13 points and nine rebounds and Roper had eight rebounds and went a perfect eight of eight from the free throw line for the Tornados who connected on 35.3 percent (24-68) of their field goal attempts in the game.
Curry led four LMU (12-2, 3-1 SAC) players in double figures as Stuart Miller hit four three-pointers in the first half to finish with 12 points and Desmond Johnson and Brandon Armstrong each added 11 points as Lincoln Memorial was aided in the game by connecting on 47.6 percent (10-21) from behind the arc in the win.
Lincoln Memorial opened up the game with a 9-4 run as Miller was able to connect on a pair of three-pointers from the top of the arc before the Tornados responded by tying the game up at 11 after a three-pointer by Dovonou and a jumper in the paint by Roper at the 15:18 mark. The teams swapped baskets before LMU went on a 10-2 run capped by a jumper by Brandon O’Brien to put the Railsplitters up 30-20 with 7:05 on the clock. Whitson and Dovonou were able to score on jumpers in the paint to stem the tide, but Lincoln Memorial ended the first half on a 16-4 run to go into the locker room with the 52-32 lead.
The Tornados held the 20-13 rebounding advantage in the first half behind Dovonou’s five boards as Brevard was led by Dovonou’s nine points at the break. The Tornados were plagued by turnovers in the first half, coughing the ball up 11 times in the opening 20 minutes as Lincoln Memorial scored 17 points off turnovers, going seven of 12 from behind the arc in the first half led by Miller’s four three-pointers as the senior guard led all scorers with 12 points. Curry added 11 points and four blocked shots at the break for the home team in the opening period.
Lincoln Memorial opened a 23-point lead to start the second half on a Curry free throw at the 18:46 mark but the Tornados battled back and a layup by Roper at the 13:05 mark forced a Railsplitter timeout with the score 63-46. Roper continued to have the hot hand, scoring 13 straight points for the Tornados offense as Brevard cut the lead back to 16 with 6:44 to play.
The Tornados made one last run late in the game, bringing the score to within 13 as Whitson went in for a layup to put the score at 83-70, but free throws put the game away in favor of Lincoln Memorial, 85-70.
The Tornados continue their five game road trip Monday, January 11th, as Brevard heads to Cleveland, Ga. to face Truett-McConnell College. Tipoff for the game between the Tornados and the Bears is set for 8 p.m.