Hickory, N.C. - The Tornados outscored the Bears 32-18 in the second half and Vincent Dombrowski again hit a key three-pointer in the game’s waning seconds as Brevard completed the season sweep over Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday afternoon in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium, 65-56.
Gaither Hendrix led four Brevard (12-11, 8-8 SAC) player in double figures in the game with 20 points, hitting four treys, and Josh Jordan had his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Tornados made it a clean sweep, winning all three contests this past week. Drew Schauss added 11 points and Dombrowski finished with 10 as the Tornados shot 40.4 percent (21-52) from the floor and 47.4 percent (9-19) from behind the arc in recording the victory.
Jeff Thomas led the way for the Bears (3-21, 2-14 SAC) with 14 points, while Bryce Hawkins contributed 11 in the contest. Allan Jones also reached double digits with 10 points, while Nathaniel Shaw pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the loss.
The game featured 11 ties and 10 lead changes as it went back and forth throughout the majority of the contest. Brevard opened up the scoring as Jordan went in for the layup off an assist from Roper and the Bears tied it up a minute later at the 18:57 mark as Hawkins drained a three-pointer for the first tie of the ball game at 3 apiece.
Brevard would go up by as many as seven as Darius Moose hit a free throw with 12:04 left in the first half to go up 16-9, but the Bears came back, building their largest lead of the game at five points on a tip-in by Jones as the first half expired to give Lenoir-Rhyne the 38-33 advantage.
Schauss hit a three-pointer on Brevard’s opening possession of the second half to cut the score down to two as the teams battled back and forth, swapping the lead five times in the final period.
The game came down to the final three minutes as Dombrowski hit a pair of free throws with 2:34 on the clock to tie the game up for the eleventh and final time of the contest at 56 apiece. Josh Roper would strip the ball from Kevin Davis two possessions later to give Brevard the 58-56 advantage and Dombrowski would drain a trey from the left corner with 58 seconds remaining to give the Tornados the 61-56 advantage.
Hendrix and Dombrowski would close out the game on the free throw line as the Tornados held the Bears scoreless for the final 2:34 of the game to complete the season sweep, 65-56.
Brevard takes a day off, before returning home to Boshamer Gymnasium to take on Young Harris College on Monday, February 21st. Tipoff for the game between the Tornados and the Mountain Lions is set for 7 p.m.