Brevard, N.C. - Eight players scored for Brevard, led by Josh Roper’s 22 points and Drew Schauss recorded his second double-double of the season as the Tornados held off the visiting Young Harris Mountain Lions on Monday night in Boshamer Gymnasium, 88-69.
Roper added seven assists and six rebounds as Brevard (13-11) closed out the season sweep over Young Harris at home. Gaither Hendrix added 21 points, hitting five three-pointers in the contest, while Vincent Dombrowski contributed 13 points off the bench. Schauss scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Tornados on the boards as Brevard out-rebounded the visitors 43-32 on the evening.
Frank Adams led all scorers with 27 points, hitting 10 of 21 from the field as Young Harris (5-20) shot 42.9 percent (27-63) from the floor. Bryson Robertson added 20 points and three blocked shots, while Steven Viterbo scored 15 and pulled down 11 rebounds for the double-double for the Mountain Lions.
Young Harris opened up the game scoring the first five points as Adams hit a three-pointer from the right corner off the pass from O’Neil Lubin and Lubin contributed a pair of free throws, but Hendrix scored the next five to even the game up with 17:55 to play in the opening half. Brevard would continue, going on a 20-7 run to build an eight point lead at 20-12 as Roper hit a three-pointer at the 12:25 mark for the Tornados as Brevard hit 10 treys in the opening half.
The lead would reach double digits with 6:41 to play in the first as Schauss and Roper drained back-to-back shots from behind the arc to go up 32-20. Young Harris would bring it back to within nine as Robertson hit a jumper with 37 seconds left in the half, but Darius Moose would pull down an errant shot and put it off the glass and in as time expired to give the Tornados the 40-29 halftime lead.
The Tornados would go up by as many as 28 in the second half, hitting that mark as Hendrix connected on a trey with 7:08 left in the game to put Brevard up 75-47. Young Harris would continue to battle back throughout the second half as Adams scored 16 and Viterbo added 13 in the period, but the Tornados were able to close out the contest with the 88-69 victory.
Joseph Davis and D.J. Jordan both contributed a season-high eight points and Jordan pulled down seven rebounds as Brevard shot 46.2 percent (30-65) from the floor in the game. The Tornados also dished out a season high 24 assists, but turned the ball over 16 times in the victory. Robertson led the Mountain Lions defense, recording four of the team’s 13 steals and Lubin added seven assists in the game to round out the stat leaders.
Brevard returns to conference play on Wednesday, February 23rd, as they travel to Newberry, S.C. and Eleazer Arena to take on Newberry College. Newberry won the first matchup between the two teams back on January 26th in Brevard, N.C., 91-86. Tipoff for the game is set for 8 p.m.