Brevard, N.C.- The Brevard College Tornados fell 84-76 to the North Greenville Crusaders in their home opener on Wednesday night in Boshamer Gymnasium.
Freshman Manzey Miller tallied a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but 22 Tornado turnovers ultimately proved too much for BC to overcome. Miller and Dominique Pickett each had six turnovers for Brevard.
The Crusaders capitalized on the BC miscues, scoring 34 points off turnovers. North Greenville’s Tyshawn Patterson had a game-high 33 points for the Crusaders, going 11-for-24 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
BC led for much of the second half until 12 unanswered points from North Greenville put the Crusaders up by eight points with 8:17 remaining in the game.
The Tornados clawed back to take a 67-66 lead on a Dominique Pickett layup at 4:59, and extended their lead to two on a Gerel Simmons foul shot at 4:23. Patterson, however, answered with a three-pointer at 4:17 to give the Crusaders a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Crusaders iced their free throws down the stretch, and hit 19-of-22 free throws for a 86.4 free throw percentage on the night. Chris Dean and Keith Johnson also scored in double figures for North Greenville, contributing 22 and 16 points, respectively.
The Tornados trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, but took a 40-36 lead into the break thanks to a 17-2 run to close the opening half.
Pickett scored a game-high 20 points for Brevard to go with six rebounds. Simmons pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds in addition to nine points and four assists.
The Tornados are back in action as they visit the Furman Paladins for an exhibition game on Monday, November 19th at 7 p.m.