Brevard Men's Basketball releases 2008-09 schedule and season prospectus

The Tornados will play 29 games in five states

Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College Sports Information Department is pleased to announce the college's 2008-09 Men's Basketball schedule. The Tornados, led by head coach Michael Jones and All-SAC forward Jonathan Whitson, will be full-time members of NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference for the first time this season.

The 2008-09 schedule features 27 regular season games and two exhibitions played over five months in five states.

The Tornados will begin the 2008-09 season will a pair of exhibitions against Division I teams from the Big South Conference. Brevard will travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. on November 11 for a match-up with Gardner-Webb University. The Runnin' Bulldogs return four starters from a team that went 16-16 in 2007-08 and shocked SEC powerhouse University of Kentucky. Tip-off at Paul Porter Arena is set for 7 p.m.

Brevard's second and final exhibition is set for November 14 against Radford University. The Highlanders are picked in the top 3 of the Big South in every major pre-season publication, including first by the Sporting News. Game time at Peters Hall in Radford, Va. is 7 p.m.

The regular season tips off on November 18 at Boshamer Gymnasium against Warren Wilson College. The action begins at 7 p.m., and is the only game Brevard will play at home in 2008.

Brevard's first Division II opponent of the season is Lees-McRae College from Conference Carolinas. The Bobcats handed BC an 86-74 win on December 4, 2007. The rematch is set for 7 p.m. at Williams Gymnasium in picturesque Banner Elk, N.C.

Coach Jones and company make their first trip to South Carolina on November 22, when they face Erskine College. The Flying Fleet are led by junior guard Brandon Wright, who led NCAA Division II in made three-point field goals per game in '07-'08. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at Belk Arena in Due West.

The highlight of the 2008-09 non-conference schedule is the November 29 tilt with Belmont Abbey College at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. The game marks the first time in school history that the Tornados have played in an NBA arena. The Tornados and Crusaders will play at 2:30 p.m. as the opening act for that evening's 7 p.m. contest between the Charlotte Bobcats and the world champion Boston Celtics. Stay tuned to BCTornados.com for ticket information so you can see Whitson, Joseph Chilton and Cody Siniard share the court with superstars Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Emeka Okafor.

The Tornados make a return trip to Warren Wilson on December 1. Game time in Swannanoa, N.C. is 7 p.m.

The South Atlantic Conference portion of the schedule starts on December 6, when Jones takes his team to Greeneville, Tenn. for a 4 p.m. clash with Tusculum College at Pioneer Arena. The Pioneers are led by first team All-SAC guard Kyle Moore, who led the SAC in made three-point field goals in '07-'08. Whitson scored a career-high 30 points in last season's game in Greeneville.

After a 23-day break for the Christmas holiday, Brevard resumes action December 29 at the Marietta Shrine Tournament in Marietta, Ohio. The Tornados will play Emory & Henry College in the tournament's first round at 6 p.m. The final round of the tournament is on December 30, when BC plays either Marietta College or Westminster College. The third-place game begins at 6 p.m., and the championship game is at 8 p.m.

Brevard's '08-'09 SAC home opener is January 3 against Mars Hill College. The Lions, led by the All-SAC trio of Jamarl Glen, P.J. Gore and Stoney Polite, invade Boshamer at 4 p.m.

After a January 5 match-up with Montreat College, which starts at 8 p.m., the Tornados will blow into Hickory, N.C. on January 7 for a showdown with Lenoir-Rhyne College. The Bears, coached by SAC legend John Lentz and led by All-SAC veterans Josh Rudder and Elliott McDowell, won the conference crown in '07-08 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament. Picked second in this year's SAC pre-season poll, LRU hosts Brevard at 8 p.m. in Shuford Gymnasium.

Brevard returns home on January 10, when they host Lincoln Memorial University. The Tornados and Railsplitters played two epic games last season, with the 'Splitters scoring hard-fought 59-56 and 76-75 (OT) victories. Brevard is out for revenge at 4 p.m.

After a return trip from Erskine on January 12, an 8 p.m. clash, the Tornados jump back into SAC play on January 14 when they host Catawba College. The Indians won the 2008 SAC Tournament and are the pre-season favorites in the '08-'09 SAC poll. Led by All-SAC guards Rob Fields and Antonio Houston, who was fifth in the conference in scoring last season, Cat-U battles the Tornados at 8 p.m.

Brevard ends a four-game homestand on January 17 when they host Wingate University at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs are coming off three consecutive NCAA Division II tournament appearances, advancing to the second round last season and the Elite Eight in 2007.

The Tornados head back to the Volunteer State January 21, when they face Carson-Newman College at Holt Fieldhouse in Jefferson City, Tenn. The up-tempo Eagles feature All-SAC guards Bobby Guyton and Jordan Dixon; tip-off is 8 p.m.

Brevard leaves the confines of SAC play on January 24, when they travel to Tigerville, S.C. for a match-up with North Greenville University. The Crusaders and Tornados split a pair of contests in '07-'08, with each team winning on the road. Game time at Hayes Gymnasium is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Brevard completes their first rotation around the SAC on January 28, when Newberry College comes to Boshamer. Brevard shocked NC, 74-68, on February 27 for their only SAC win of '07-'08, with Chilton scoring a career-high 24 points. High-flying All-SAC forward Clemente Martin, the SAC's top returning scorer, and Newberry return to the mountains for an 8 p.m. tip.

Newberry is Brevard's last unique opponent of the '08-'09 season. The Tornados make a return trip to Mars Hill on January 31, a 4 p.m. game at Stanford Arena, and host Lenoir-Rhyne on February 4 at 8 p.m. The Tornados travel to Harrogate, Tenn. and cavernous Tex Turner Arena on February 7 for an 8 p.m. game with Lincoln Memorial before returning to Boshamer on February 11 for their final non-conference game of the season, an 8 p.m. match-up with North Greenville.

Love is in the air when Brevard heads to Wingate, N.C. and Cuddy Arena on Valentine's Day, February 14, for a 4 p.m. game. Carson-Newman makes a return trip to Brevard on February 18; tip is set for 8 p.m.

Senior Day at Boshamer is scheduled for the 2008-09 home finale, February 21 against Tusculum. The Tornado family will honor seniors Chilton, Sean Ferretti, and Radosav Babic prior to the 4 p.m. rematch with the Pioneers.

The final two regular season games of '08-'09 are on the road. Brevard goes to Newberry, S.C. and Eleazer Arena on February 25 for an 8 p.m. game with Newberry. The regular season finale is February 28 against Catawba. Salisbury, N.C. and Goodman Gym host the 4 p.m. match-up.

The 2009 SAC Tournament begins on March 4, when the top eight seeds in the nine-team conference play quarterfinal games at the home gyms of the top four seeds. The semifinals and championship game will once again be played at Catawba Valley Community College's Multipurpose Facility on March 7 and 8.
 
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