Tornados Head to Gardner-Webb

Tornados Head to Gardner-Webb

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard men's basketball team returns to the court on Tuesday when it heads to Boiling Springs, N.C., to clash with Gardner-Webb in an exhibition game that is set to start at 4:30 p.m.

The Tornados (0-1) are looking to rebound from 69-67 setback that came to Berry on Saturday evening. Trailing by a 10-point margin, following a free throw by Berry's Quinn Atkinson, the Tornados' Levi Lamb found Shelby Parris for a layup to spark an 8-2 run. Lamb added a free throw and teammate Divese Carson put back the second free throw attempt to get the Brevard offense in rhythm.

Brevard turned up its defensive pressure, forcing a missed jumper by Cory Johnson, and Carson answered with a timely 3-pointer that cut the Berry lead to two, 66-64. The two teams were separated by one bucket for the next 2:44 of the contest when Marder drew a Carson foul. The senior drained both free throws, stretching the lead to four, before Stevie Williams converted the second of two free throws to make for a 68-65 contest.

Carson made quite an impression in his collegiate debut, scoring a game-high 18 points after hitting 7-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. He also climbed the glass for a team-high six rebounds, pulling down two on defense. He led the way for a Brevard offense that finished 24-of-55 (43.6%) from the floor and 8-of-21 (38.1%) from 3-point range.

Joining Carson in double figures for the Tornados was Shelby Parris (13 points) and Stevie Williams (10). Parris finished 5-of-8 from the field and Williams overcame a tough 4-of-14 shooting performance by contributing two blocks and two steals. Williams also got his teammates involved in the offense as he and Lamb each handed out four assists.

Gardner-Webb (1-3) will be hosting its second home game of the season after earning a 119-81 victory over Warren Wilson on Saturday. The Runnin' Bulldogs began the game on a 16-0 run and never trailed, en route to the victory at Paul Porter Arena.

Liam O'Reilly knocked down 8-of-10 from deep to finish with a career-high 24 points, Eric Jamison added a career-high 21 points and D.J. Laster continued his strong play inside with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win. David Efianayi also had 24 points, Nate Johnson added a career-best 13 points and Jamaal Robateau broke out of an early-season slump with 13 points – as Gardner-Webb (1-3) put six men in double figures.

Laster leads Gardner-Webb in both points (17.5) and rebounds (9.8) on the season by virtue of hitting 32-of-59 from the floor and pulling down 39 rebounds. He is joined in double figure scoring by Efianayi (16.0 ppg) and Liam O'Reilly (12.5).

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