Banner Elk, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s basketball team used a dominant second half to pull ahead of the Lees-McRae Bobcats to pick up the 72-63 road win and move to 2-0 on the young season.
In the first half, the Tornados were plagued by turnovers and foul trouble, as BC coughed up the ball 16 times, while starters Nathan Whitmire, Darin Dellinger and Joseph Chilton all got into early foul trouble forcing them to see limited minutes in the opening half.
The Tornados trailed for the entire first half despite shooting 40 percent from the floor, connecting on 10-of-25 from the field, as Lees-McRae answered every Tornado offensive surge with a basket to hold off BC with a 33-26 lead heading into the halftime intermission.
However, the game was a tale of two halves as the Tornados turned things around in the second half dominating play on both ends of the court, outscoring Lees-McRae 46-30 and only committing three turnovers in the final 20 minutes of play.
The Tornados shot 51.7 percent from the field in the second half, while the defense stormed the Bobcats, holding them to 35.7 percent from the field and forced Lees-McRae to commit nine turnovers as BC pulled ahead midway through the second half and held on for the 72-63 win.
As a team overall the Tornados played well, dishing out 21 assists for the game. Brevard was led by Jonathan Whitson, as the junior forward scored a game-high 22 points and hauled in 12 rebounds for the game. Whitson reached a milestone midway through the first half, as he scored his eighth point of the game to put him at 1,000 in his career at Brevard College.
Junior guard Andrew Freeman had 11 points for the game, eight of which came in the second half. Chilton had eight points and five rebounds, while redshirt juniors Whitmire and Dellinger had seven points apiece. Fellow redshirt junior Sam Carlisle had five rebounds and led the team with five assists for the contest.
For Lees-McRae, Sam Youse and Kyle Boardman led the way with 12 points apiece, while Nick Deschepper and Aaron Willey had 11 points each.
For the game the Tornados out-rebounded Lees-McRae 45-32, while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor.
The Tornados will be on the road again this Saturday afternoon, when they will travel to Due West, S.C. to square off with the Flying Fleet of Erskine College. The game, which is slated for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off, will be the second game of a BC vs. Erskine double-header with the women playing at 2 p.m. Lees-McRae will travel to Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, November 25, when the Bobcats will take on Queens University of Charlotte in their conference opener.