2019-20 Brevard Men's Basketball News

  • Brevard Starts Fast, Holds Off Berea for First Win of the Season in Conference Opener
    December 07, 2019
    The Brevard College’s men’s basketball team (1-5, 1-0 USAS) burst onto the scene fast in Saturday afternoon’s conference-opening contest against the Berea College Mountaineers (4-3, 0-1 USAS), outscoring the visitors 27-4 in the game’s first eight minutes to propel the Tornados to their first victory of the season, 76-68 at the Boshamer Gymnasium.  Brevard started out hot and withstood a fierce Berea rally, as the Mountaineers battled back from a deficit as much as 24 points and eventually tied the contest with 6:32 left in the second half. Brevard’s resilience paid off, however, as the Tornados outscored the Mountaineers 20-12 down the stretch with big shots and defensive stops to claim the victory.  Saturday’s win marks the first victory in a conference-opener for Brevard men’s basketball since the 2010-11 season, when the then-NCAA DII Tornados dropped the Anderson University Trojans, 85-84, on December 4, 2010.
  • Tornados Ready for Rematch with Bruins
    December 03, 2019
    The Brevard College men’s basketball team (0-4) is prepared to travel down to Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday evening for its second matchup of the 2019-20 season against the Bob Jones University Bruins (2-5), with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.  Fans can follow along with the action here via live stream from Bob Jones University.  The Tornados will be looking to avenge a narrow defeat suffered at the hands of the Bruins, 80-78, at the Boshamer Gymnasium back on November 19. Brevard will also be searching for its first win of the 2019-20 campaign after losing its first four regular-season contests, two of which coming by less than five points each. 
  • Bruins Rally Late to Drop Tornados in Greenville
    December 03, 2019
    The Brevard College men’s basketball team (0-5) fought hard in its matchup against the Bob Jones University Bruins (3-5), however, the Bruins outscored Brevard 15-8 over the game’s final five minutes to claim a 73-66 triumph over the visiting Tornados on Tuesday evening in Greenville, South Carolina. Tuesday’s meeting between the two institutions marked the second time that Brevard and Bob Jones have faced one another this season, as the Bruins claimed an 80-78 victory over the Tornados on November 19 at the Boshamer Gymnasium in Brevard. BJU’s victory gave the Bruins the season sweep over Brevard. Levi Lamb led the way for Brevard’s offense which featured three double-digit scorers on the evening. Lamb, a senior from Atlanta, tallied 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting that included two 3-pointers and a pair of free throws. Lamb stuffed the stat sheet with five boards and a career-high five steals, but the senior forward fouled out of the contest with 13 seconds left in the game.
  • Brevard Competes with NCAA DI The Citadel in Exhibition 
    November 26, 2019
    The Brevard College men’s basketball team (0-4) competed in an exhibition contest against NCAA DI member-institution The Citadel (3-4) on Tuesday, November 26, falling by a final score of 90-47 at the McAlister Field House in Charleston, South Carolina.  Tuesday’s matchup counted towards The Citadel’s regular-season total, while counting as an exhibition matchup for the visiting Tornados.  For the second-straight game, the Tornados were led offensively by freshman forward Ja’Michael Boone. The Fort Deposit, Alabama native scored 16 points, including a game-high six field goals and four made 3-pointers. 
  • BC Drops Road Match Up at Ferrum in Virginia
    November 23, 2019
    The Brevard College men’s basketball team (0-4) fell, 81-56, to Ferrum College (2-2) on Saturday evening in Ferrum, Virginia.  Senior Levi Lamb scored 16 points to lead the Tornados.  Lamb shot 5-of-11 from the field, 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. Ja’Michael Boone, a freshman from Fort Deposit, Alabama, registered career-highs with 13 points and three made three-pointers.  Boone also pulled down a team-high five rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench. Cannon Lamb dished out a team-best five assists to go along with seven points. Ferrum was led by Rashad Reed with 17 points.  James Smith Jr. also scored in double figures with 14 points.
  • Tornados Host Bob Jones for Doubleheader 
    November 19, 2019
    The Brevard College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are geared up to host the Bob Jones University Bruins on Tuesday, November 19 for a non-conference doubleheader at the Boshamer Gymnasium.  The game marks the start of Brevard College Athletics’ Toy Drive, where toys will be collected at home basketball games through the month of December to benefit Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The contest also marks the basketball teams’ Faculty & Staff Appreciation games.  Both games will be live-streamed to the Official YouTube Channel of Brevard College Athletics here. 
  • Brevard Drops Nailbiter to Bob Jones at the Bosh 
    November 19, 2019
    The Brevard College men’s basketball team (0-3) dropped a nailbiter to Bob Jones University, 80-78, on Tuesday night at the Boshamer Gymnasium. The incredibly competitive game featured 18 lead changes and 13 tied scores. Neither team led by more than six points at any point in the contest. Cannon Lamb came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting to lead Brevard.  Lamb dished out a team-high four assists, blocked two shots, and grabbed two rebounds.  Demari Hopper (13 pts), Levi Lamb (12 pts), and Mike Williams (10 pts) also scored in double figures for the Tornados.  Hopper hit 3-of-4 3-pointers, while Levi Lamb scored nine of his 12 points in the second half. Williams, a sophomore transfer from Newberry College, hit two three-pointers and set his new scoring high in a Tornado uniform.
  • Tornados Fall at UNC-Asheville in Exhibition Game
    November 16, 2019
    Cannon Lamb led the way for the Tornados with 14 points, six rebounds, and two assists as the Brevard College men’s basketball team traveled just up the road for an exhibition test against NCAA DI UNC-Asheville (2-2) on Saturday, November 16 at Kimmel Arena.  The matchup counted towards regular season play for the host Bulldogs and as an exhibition for the visiting Tornados.  Demari Hopper added seven points and four rebounds for Brevard, while Messiah Pankey contributed six points off the bench. Hayden Cassell was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line, while Joshua Wilson (seven rebounds) and Mike Williams (six rebounds) helped lead Brevard’s rebounding efforts.  UNCA was paced by Tajion Jones, who was one of two Bulldogs in double figures with 16 points. UNCA’s Jamon Battle added 13 points off the bench for the hosts.  The host Bulldogs jumped out to a big halftime lead, 44-18, before the Tornados adjusted and played much improved in the second half. Brevard kept pace with UNCA, as the Bulldogs narrowly edged the Tornados, 35-31 in second-half scoring that helped Brevard keep the contest manageable. 
  • Hot-Shooting Eagles Down Tornados at The Bosh
    November 15, 2019
    Levi Lamb scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but the Brevard College men’s basketball team (0-2) fell victim to a hot-shooting Pensacola Christian College (2-6) side, 87-72, in a Friday evening contest at the Boshamer Gymnasium. BC’s Lamb was joined in double figures by Demari Hopper (14 points) and Hayden Cassell (10 points). Cassell, who made his first career start as a Tornado, went 3-of-6 from the field and was a perfect 3-for-3 at the free-throw line. Brevard’s bench was led by Cannon Lamb, who posted nine points on 4-of-10 shooting. BC’s Luke Bleynat, Matthew Duggar, and David Sealy all made their Tornado debuts in the contest.  Defensively, the Tornados were led by Levi Lamb, who tallied three steals, while Qadhafi Turner added two steals. 
  • Men’s Basketball Hosts Pensacola Christian, Visits UNC-Asheville over the Weekend
    November 14, 2019
    Following a narrow defeat, 76-73, in its season-opener at home vs. Toccoa Falls College, the Brevard College men’s basketball team (0-1) plays host to the Pensacola Christian College Eagles (1-6) on Friday, November 15 at the Boshamer Gymnasium in a 7 p.m. tip-off.  The game will be live-streamed here through BoxCast, and simulcast onto the Official YouTube Channel of Brevard College Tornados Athletics. Live statistics will be available here.  Fans are encouraged to bring cans and non-perishables to Friday night’s game to support Brevard’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in its efforts to collect food items for the USA South Conference’s “Cans Across The Conference” initiative. All cans collected will be donated to the Bread of Life Food Bank in Brevard. 
  • Tornados Fall Just Short in Season-Opener 
    November 12, 2019
    Despite a second-half comeback that set up a game-tying three-point attempt at the buzzer, the Brevard College men’s basketball team (0-1) lost its season opener to visiting Toccoa Falls (2-6) on Tuesday night at the Boshamer Gymnasium. Senior Levi Lamb led all players with 22 points as one of four Tornados to score in double figures in the opening game of the 2019-20 season. Demari Hopper produced 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field while Qadhafi Turner and Cannon Lamb each scored 10 points.
  • Brevard College Basketball to Host Tornado Tip-Off on Monday, November 4
    October 31, 2019
    The Brevard College men’s and women’s basketball teams are getting prepared to host their annual Tornado Tip-Off event -  a midnight madness-style program where fans can get their first look at the 2019 BC basketball teams - on Monday, November 4 at 9 p.m. at the Boshamer Gymnasium on the campus of Brevard College.  The event will have introductions of both basketball teams, as well as the BC competitive cheer & dance team, and will include fan games, giveaways, and prizes. Both teams will also play in intra-squad scrimmages that night. The night will include live commentary from Brevard College student MC’s while both teams are scrimmaging.
  • #NCAAInclusion Day 3: “Better Together” - Featuring Men’s Basketball’s Levi Lamb
    October 24, 2019
    Throughout the NCAA’s Annual Diversity & Inclusion Week, several Brevard College student-athletes, coaches, and athletic staff will be featured on bctornados.com.  The third day of the four-day week (October 22-25) is titled “Better Together” - a day that is focused on showcasing the strengths and diversity of each institution’s campus or conference community. #NCAAInclusion Week, sponsored by the NCAA’s Office of Inclusion, helps bring awareness and spotlight to diversity and inclusion on college campuses by giving student-athletes, coaches, faculty, and staff an outlet to share their stories through social media.  Below highlights Brevard College men’s basketball senior forward Levi Lamb, Brevard’s fourth feature of #NCAAInclusion Week. 
  • #NCAAInclusion Day 3: “Better Together” - Featuring Men’s Basketball’s Hayden Cassell
    October 24, 2019
    Throughout the NCAA’s Annual Diversity & Inclusion Week, several Brevard College student-athletes, coaches, and athletic staff will be featured on bctornados.com.  The third day of the four-day week (October 22-25) is titled “Better Together” - a day that is focused on showcasing the strengths and diversity of each institution’s campus or conference community. #NCAAInclusion Week, sponsored by the NCAA’s Office of Inclusion, helps bring awareness and spotlight to diversity and inclusion on college campuses by giving student-athletes, coaches, faculty, and staff an outlet to share their stories through social media.  Below highlights Brevard College men’s basketball sophomore guard Hayden Cassell, Brevard’s fifth feature of #NCAAInclusion Week. 
  • USA South Reveals Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
    October 24, 2019
    The USA South Conference has announced its 2019-20 preseason poll for men’s basketball, tabbing the Brevard College Tornados to finish 7th in the West Division.  Covenant College, who won the West Division crown last season, was selected first with six first-place votes to go along with their 36 total points.  Following Covenant was a three-way tie for second place. Berea College (one first-place vote), LaGrange College, and defending USA South Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament champion Maryville College each shared second place in the poll, amassing 25 points.  Piedmont College (15 points), Huntingdon College (14 points), and Brevard (seven points) rounded out the west division poll. 
  • Brevard Men’s Basketball Releases Schedule for 2019-20 Season
    October 17, 2019
    The Brevard College Tornados men’s basketball team, under the guidance of eighth-year Head Coach Lee Burgess and new Assistant Coach and BC alumnus Miles Leathers ‘16, has released its schedule for the 2019-20 season.  The schedule includes 27 total contests - 25 regular-season games and two exhibitions played at NCAA DI schools - and 12 home games played at the Boshamer Gymnasium on the campus of Brevard College. 18 of BC’s games will be played against USA South Conference competition, and the Tornados will take part in a two-day tournament over Christmas break - the Comfort Inn and Suites Holiday Classic - in Atlanta on Sunday, December 29 and Monday, December 30. “We are looking forward to this year’s season,”  said Coach Burgess. “The familiarity and rivalries that develop from spending more time in the league create anticipation that is a lot of fun.”
  • Miles Leathers Named Brevard College Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach
    October 07, 2019
    Miles Leathers has been named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Brevard College, announced Head Coach Lee Burgess.