Brevard, N.C. - Darius Moose scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the second half and Jermichael Tanner led all scorers with a career high 15 points, but four Catawba players scored double-digits led by Willie Gilmore’s 13 points off the bench as the Tornados fell in South Atlantic Conference play to the Indians on Wednesday night, 64-56.
Aleksandar Vasiljevic tied the game up for the final time with a jumper in the paint at the 10:03 mark as Brevard (2-12, 1-4 SAC) knotted the contest at 49 apiece, but Gilmore broke the deadlock with a jumper from the right short corner and Tyrece Little followed with back-to-back baskets as the Indians (4-9, 1-4 SAC) pulled away in recording their first SAC win of the season.
Tanner was 4-for-6 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the free throw line to lead Brevard with 15 points in the contest as the Tornados shot 35.0 percent (21-60) from the floor in the game. Moose added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Vasiljevic narrowly missed out on the double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Gilmore was 5-for-7 from the floor to lead the Indians with 13 points off the bench as Catawba shot 48.1 percent from the game in the win. Little added 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots, while Justin Huntley also contributed 12 points and three steals. Cameron Lovelace was also in double-digits with 10 points as the Indians took their first victory from Brevard since the 2009-2010 season.
A jumper by Keon Moore opened the scoring as the Indians came out the gates building an 8-2 lead, but the Tornados rallied back, taking their first lead of the game at 11-10 on a Tanner three-pointer from the top of the key as the teams battled for control in the early going. A Moose layup at the 9:29 mark gave the Tornados the 17-12 lead, but Lee Martin hit a jumper and Lovelace drained a three-pointer to tie the game up for the first time at 17 apiece.
The teams would tie the score three more times with Huntley driving in for the layup at the 2:27 mark to knot the game up at 31 as the Indians scored the final eight points of the half in building a 35-31 halftime advantage.
Brevard was able to close the gap twice in the second half as Vasiljevic tied the contest up at 47 apiece on a free throw with 10:50 remaining and the freshman from Belgrade, Serbia answered a Stuart Thomson layup with a layup of his own to put the score at 49 all, but Gilmore and Little reeled off six straight points to put the Indians up 55-49 with 7:57 on the clock.
Brevard kept the game within striking distance the rest of the way, but an offensive tip-slam by Thomson with 2:09 to play put the game away as Catawba held off the Tornados, 64-56.
Brevard returns to the road as they take on SAC opponent Lenoir-Rhyne University on Saturday afternoon in Hickory, N.C. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Bears in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium is set for 6 p.m.