Jefferson City, Tenn. - Darius Moose recorded his first collegiate double-double and Aleksandar Vasiljevic pulled down 12 rebounds as the Tornados held the 50-28 rebounding edge on Wednesday evening in Holt Fieldhouse, but Antoine Davis and Ishmael Sanders combined for seven three-pointers as the host Eagles held on to defeat the visiting Tornados, 69-55.
Brevard (1-11, 0-3 SAC) held a 32-12 rebounding advantage at the half with Moose pulling down 12 boards in the first 20 minutes, but trailed the Eagles (9-4, 2-1 SAC) 29-15 at the break as Carson-Newman forced 14 Brevard turnovers which led to 15 Eagles points in the first half.
Moose finished the game with his first collegiate double-double with 13 points and finished with 18 rebounds, tying Jonathan Whitson, Sam Carlisle (twice) and Josh Jordan for the second most rebounds in a single game in BC history. Gaither Hendrix led Brevard with 14 points, scoring 12 in the Tornados second half comeback bid, while Drew Schauss was also in double figures with 10 points, adding seven rebounds.
Davis led all players with 20 points, going 7-for-13 from the floor and added three blocked shots as the Eagles improve to 2-1 in conference play on the season. Sanders was 5-for-8 from behind the three-point line on his way to scoring 19 points, while Marcellous Perez added six points and a steal in the win.
Carson-Newman took control early in the game, scoring 26 of the first 37 points of the game on their way, but Moose closed out the half with a pair of layups as the Eagles held the 29-15 lead at the break. Sanders led the Eagles with 11 points in the first half, hitting three treys in the opening 20 minutes, while Moose paced the Tornados efforts with six points and 12 rebounds.
The Eagles went up by as many as 25 in the second half as Ray Likely hit a three-pointer with 11:22 remaining in the game, but the Tornados answered with a 12-0 run capped by three-pointers by Moose and Hendrix to cut the score to 50-37 with 7:33 to play.
Carson-Newman’s lead creeped back up to 20 on a Collin Crane trey from the right corner with 3:53 on the clock, but Brevard mounted one final run as Hendrix scored five points and Chavis Hamilton added a pair of free throws to go on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 63-50. However, four consecutive free throws by Sanders and Davis ended the run as the Eagles closed out the 69-55 victory.
The Tornados pulled down a school record 27 offensive rebounds in the game against the Eagles, paced by seven offensive rebounds by both Moose and Vasiljevic, while Schauss pulled down five boards as Brevard snapped the previous record of 23 set on February 13, 2007 against North Greenville and matched on February 26, 2011 against Wingate.
Brevard remains on the road in South Atlantic Conference play as they travel to Mars Hill, N.C. to take on Mars Hill College. Tipoff in Stanford Arena between the Tornados and the Lions is set for 4 p.m.