Whitson poured in a career-high 30 points on the night.
BC's Whitson Scores 30, As Tornados Fall At TusculumFebruary 23, 2008BC’s Whitson Scores 30, As Tornados Fall At Tusculum
Greeneville, Tenn. – Sophomore forward Jonathan Whitson had a career-high 30 points on Saturday night at Pioneer Arena in Greeneville, Tenn., but it wasn’t enough as the Tusculum Pioneers defeated the Tornados, 76-43.
Brevard struggled from the start shooting the ball, as they shot 25.6 percent from the field and 11.8 percent from behind the three-point line for the game.
The Tusculum Pioneers took an early 12-0 lead and never looked back, pushing their lead to as high as 13 points with 11:01 remaining in the first half.
As the Tornados continued to struggle on the offensive end in the first half, the Pioneers slowly added to their lead, pushing it to 18 points at 42-24 heading into the halftime break.
The Pioneers held the Tornados to four made field goals in the opening 20 minutes of play, with all four coming by way of Whitson. The other 15 points for BC in the first half came from the charity stripe, as the Tornados connected on 15-of-19 from the free throw line.
The second half was almost a mirror image of the first, as the Pioneers scored first and continued to add to their lead pushing it to 30 at the 12:09 mark.
Tusculum’s lead got to as high as 38 points with a little over five minutes to play, before the Tornados cut it down to 33 at 76-43 when the final horn sounded.
Whitson, who had 15 points in the first half, had 15 of the Tornados 19 points in the second half, connecting on 5-of-9 shot attempts in the final 20 minutes of play.
The sophomore from Clyde, N.C. had a game-high 30 points on the night, connecting on 9-of-15 shot attempts from the floor and 10-of-17 from the free throw line. Whitson was one rebound shy of a double-double, pulling down nine rebounds for the game.
Only four other Tornados scored as sophomore Andrew Freeman had four points, while freshmen Jermichael Tanner and Tripp Taraldsen had five and two points, respectively. Reserve guard Chase Lance added two points of the bench for the Tornados.
The Pioneers had four players in double-digit scoring led by forward Jordan Lear’s 22 points. Guard Kyle Moore had 19 points, while fellow backcourt running mate Darren Hobbs added 14 points. Guard Jimmy Boone had 11 points in 15 minutes of action of the Tusculum bench.
The Tornados will be at home in their final two games of the 2007-08 season, as they will host the Indians of Newberry College on Wednesday, February 27, at Boshamer Gymnasium. The Tornados will be hosting a “BLACK OUT” on Wednesday night and ask that all BC fans wear black as they come out to support the Tornados.