Brevard, N.C. - Josh Jordan recorded his fourth double-double of the 2010-2011 season and Josh Roper added 26 points as Brevard played arguably their most complete game of the year in recording the 90-75 victory on Wednesday night over the visiting Catawba College Indians.
Roper led Brevard (9-10, 6-7 SAC) with 27 points and added five assists and four rebounds as the Tornados built an 18 point lead at the half in a rematch of last year’s Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championship game. Jordan scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Tornados shot 52.9 percent (36-68) from the floor in the contest, while Vincent Dombrowski added 12 points off the bench as 10 Tornados players scored in the contest.
Dominick Reid scored 18 points to lead Catawba (8-13, 4-9 SAC) and Keon Moore added 16 points as the Indians fell in the season sweep to the Tornados. Lee Martin defended the paint for the Indians, recording a game high three blocked shots, while Kejuan Mayo added six points and eight rebounds for Catawba.
The Tornados forced four Indians turnovers to start off the contest as Brevard opened the game with a 6-0 lead. Roper had a pair of steals and added an assist on a breakaway to a streaking Jordan as the Tornados jumped out of the gate early. A layup by Moore opened the scoring for the Indians at the 17:52 mark but the Tornados added four more points as Jermichael Tanner drove in for a layup and Jordan added a jumper in the paint as the Tornados opened the game with a 10-2 run.
A dunk by Moore ended the first Tornados run, but Brevard got back on track, scoring 12 of the next 16 points as Roper and Drew Schauss hit three-pointers as Brevard went up 22-8 as Schauss capped the run with a steal and layup with 14:21 to play in the opening half. Catawba’s defense would clamp down on Brevard, holding the Tornados to two points over the next four minutes as the Indians offense began to exert itself, as Reid and Kelvin Drakeford combined for 11 of the Indians next 13 points in cutting the lead down to three points on Reid’s three-pointer from the top of the key with 10:42 to play, put the score at 24-21.
A trey by Darius Moose in the right corner ended the Brevard drought and following a free throw by Drakeford, the Tornados went on a 11-0 run to put the lead back at 16. Vincent Dombrowski scored six straight points to spark the run before Ryson Felder canned a three from the left corner with 8:12 to play in the first half as Brevard went up 38-22. The lead would extend to 21 points as Roper took the outlet pass from Joseph Davis and went coast-to-coast for a layup with 1:54 left in the first half to put the score at 53-32, but the Indians fought back with a jumper by Mayo and Moore hit a jumper and converted the following free throw after the foul by Roper to put the score at 53-37, but Jordan caught an errant shot with time expiring and lofted the ball through the net as the buzzer sounded to give the Tornados the 55-37 advantage heading into the locker room.
The Indians scored the first eight points of the second half, cutting the score to 55-45 following a Mayo offensive rebound and put back with 17:23 on the clock, but this was as close as Catawba would get for the remainder of the game as Roper hit a three-pointer to end the Indians’ run as the Tornados built their largest lead of the game at 22 points as Jordan converted a pair of free throws with 9:57 left in the game to put Brevard up 75-53.
Catawba continued to battle back, twice bringing the game back to within 15 points as Moore hit a three with 5:08 on the clock to put the score at 81-66, but the Tornados were able to close out the game in Boshamer Gymnasium, 90-75.
Whitney Galloway hit his first career three-pointer in the victory as the Tornados hit 42.9 percent (9-21) of their shots from behind the arc and held the 38-28 rebounding advantage and outscored the Indians in the paint, 48-34. Catawba held the edge at the free throw line, hitting 19 of their 22 attempts to shoot 86.4 percent from the charity stripe led by perfect performances by Moore (7-7) and Huntley (6-6).
The Tornados take to the road in their next game, heading to Mars Hill, N.C. and Stanford Arena as they go for the season sweep against the Mars Hill College Lions, having defeated Mars Hill in Boshamer Gymnasium on January 8th, 91-87. Tipoff for the game is set for 4 p.m.