Wingate, N.C. - Odell Turner led the Bulldogs with 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Ethan Kincaid added a 10-point, 10-rebound performance as Wingate overcame 14 points by Vincent Dombrowski as the Tornados fell on Saturday afternoon in Cuddy Arena, 65-49.
Dombrowski led Brevard (7-5, 5-3 SAC) with his 14 point performance as the Tornados struggled from the field in the game, connecting on a season-low 27.0 percent (17-63) from the floor in the contest. Gaither Hendrix added 13 points and Josh Roper scored 11, while Josh Jordan pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds in the game.
Turner’s and Kincaid’s double-doubles paced the Bulldogs (10-6, 5-3 SAC) offense in the game as nine Wingate players scored in the contest. Jeffrey Parker added 10 points and nine rebounds as the Bulldogs shot 45.0 percent (27-60) from the floor in the game in their balanced attack.
Ethan Kincaid opened the scoring in the game with a jumper from just inside the arc and Chase Smith drained a three-pointer from the left corner as the Bulldogs opened up the scoring in the first three minutes of the contest. The Bulldogs expanded their lead to seven before Darius Moose connected on a jumper to open the Tornados scoring at the 14:59 mark in the contest, ending a five-minute scoreless streak to start the game.
The lead grew to 16-7 on a tip-slam by Jeffrey Parker and Mike Tankersley added a dunk, but a pair of Dombrowski three-pointers sandwiched a layup by Hendrix as the Tornados cut the game back to 20-15 with 4:51 to play in the opening half. Wingate, however, closed out the first half on a 12-3 run, with Robert Carpenter driving in and finishing an athletic layup around the rim with 41 seconds remaining, putting the score at 32-18 as the teams headed to the locker room at halftime.
The Bulldogs led by as much as 20 points at 44-24 with 10:55 to play in the contest after Kincaid hit a jumper, but the Tornados started their comeback on the next possession as Moose drove in for the reverse layup, sparking a 10-0 run capped by a Roper jumper on the fast break with 7:54 to play as the Tornados brought the game back to 44-34.
A tip-in by Parker ended the run for the Bulldogs, as Wingate again opened up the lead as Turner scored on back-to-back Bulldogs’ possessions, putting the score at 53-36 with 5:33 left in the contest. Brevard, however, would not go away as Dombrowski hit his fourth three-pointer of the contest, cutting the score to 57-44 with 2:41 to play and Roper hit the old-fashioned three-point play to cut the lead to 12 at 61-49 with 1:38 on the clock, but Vaughn hit a pair of free throws and Turner sealed the game with a jumper off the assist from Kincaid as the Tornados fell in Cuddy Arena on Saturday afternoon, 65-49.
Both teams struggled from the free throw line in the contest as the Tornados shot 62.5 percent (10-16) from the stripe, while Wingate converted 46.2 percent (6-13) of their attempts. Wingate held the 52-32 rebounding advantage and had 15 offensive boards and eight blocked shots as the Bulldogs took the win.
Brevard has a short rest before continuing on the road on Monday, January 24th, as they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. in a makeup game against Winston-Salem State University. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Rams in the Clarence E. Gaines Center is set for 7 p.m.