Newberry, S.C. - Darius Moose led all players with 19 points to pace the Brevard efforts in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday evening, but 10 Wolves found the scoreboard led by Savad Garner’s 16 point effort as the Tornados fell to Newberry 84-68.
Dondray Walker hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half for the Wolves (10-6, 5-4 SAC) and Newberry held off a late second half comeback by Brevard (2-16, 1-8) as both teams closed out the first half of the 2011-2012 South Atlantic Conference schedule.
Moose led the Tornados with 19 points, going 8-for-12 from the floor and added eight rebounds as Brevard shot 45.0 percent (27-60) in the contest. Gaither Hendrix added 17 points, while Drew Schauss hit three three-pointers to finish the game with 10 points in the loss.
Garner led the Wolves to a 50.0 percent (30-60) shooting percentage from the floor and the Wolves went 10-for-25 from behind the arc in their fifth SAC win of the season. Walker added 14 points, hitting a trio of three-pointers to pace the Wolves scoring efforts.
Newberry raced out of the gates scoring the first 10 points of the contest before Jermichael Tanner drove in for the layup at the 16:38 mark to put the Tornados on the board. The Wolves lead extended to 22-7 with 13:01 on the clock on an Akins jumper, eventually going up 30-14 on a three-pointer by Dondray Walker with 9:45 on the clock.
The Tornados came alive over the next seven minutes, going on a 17-8 run to bring the game back to within single digits on a three-pointer by Gerel Simmons at the 2:36 mark, putting the score at 38-31. A Matt Dixon free throw pushed the lead back to eight, but Hendrix followed with a layup to cut the score down to 39-33 in the final two minutes of the half.
The margin would remain the same until just before the half as the Tornados put the game at 42-36 on a free throw by Moose, but a Walker three-pointer from the left corner with one tick left on the clock gave Newberry the 45-36 advantage heading into the halftime break.
Tomas Tomasson hit a three-pointer on the Wolves second possession in the second half to extend the lead to double-digits at 48-36 as the Wolves went up by as many as 17 points in the second half at 64-47 on a layup by Garner at the 11:25 mark.
Brevard made one final comeback, coming within nine on a Schauss three-pointer at the 4:11 mark to bring the game back within single digits at 73-64, but Dixon answered with a layup and Tomasson followed with a trey on the next possession as the Wolves pulled away to the 84-68 victory.
Brevard remains on the road as they begin the second half of their 2011-2012 South Atlantic Conference schedule as they travel to Anderson, S.C. to take on Anderson University on Saturday, January 28th. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Trojans is set for 4 p.m.