Brevard, N.C. – Jonathan Whitson broke Brevard College’s all-time scoring record with a basket at the 3:00 mark of the first half en route to a career-high 33 points as the Tornados trampled North Greenville, 78-62, Wednesday night at Boshamer Gymnasium. The win snaps Brevard’s four-game losing skid.
Whitson (Clyde, N.C.) took a feed from Sam Carlisle (Raleigh, N.C.) 17 minutes into the opening half and put home his fifth field goal of the night to move to 1,357 career points, eclipsing Tyjuan Campbell’s career mark of 1,356 points and becoming the most prolific scorer in Brevard College history. The junior forward went on to finish with 33 points on the night, the highest single-game mark in his illustrious career.
Cody Siniard (Brevard, N.C.) scored 11 points of his own, while Darin Dellinger (Stanley, N.C.) dished out a career-high ten assists. The Tornados (11-11, 2-9 South Atlantic Conference) shot 50.9% from the floor and outrebounded the Crusaders (8-15), 37-33.
North Greenville was led by Kyler Vitko (Alpharetta, Ga.), who scored 16 points. Paul Harrison (Alpharetta, Ga.) scored 11 for North Greenville, which shot just 38.2%.
Dellinger got Brevard off on the right foot with a jumper on the squad’s first possession of the game, and the Tornados never trailed thanks to a suffocating defensive effort.
After the first 13 minutes of the game were played evenly, the Tornados took control of the battle with an 8-0 spurt, culminating with Whitson’s record-setting basket, to take a 30-19 lead. The Tornados closed the first period with the final five points, on a three-pointer from Radosav Babic (Podgorica, Montenegro) and a lay-in by Whitson at the buzzer, to lead at the half, 35-20.
Brevard maintained a double-digit lead for the duration of the game. North Greenville looked poised to make a charge, cutting the score to 55-43 with 10:05 left to play on a pair of free throws from Vitko, but they could get no closer. Brevard’s largest lead came with 2:53 to play, when a couple of Siniard freebies made the score 76-56.
The win completes a season sweep for the Tornados over North Greenville. Brevard dominated NGU on January 24 in Tigerville, S.C., 66-44.
After the game, Brevard coach Michael Jones praised his record-breaking star. “Jonathan worked very hard to earn this honor and he was very focused tonight. He has been pressing over the last couple of games as he saw the record in sight, but tonight he came out ready to get the job done and I’m very proud of him.”
“As a team I thought we did a good job establishing our offense after we had struggled for the last two weeks,” Jones added. “We had two good days of practice leading up to this game and we came out ready to play. Hopefully that carries over to Saturday’s game.”
Brevard looks for their first conference win in four weeks on Saturday when they play at Wingate. The Tornados beat the Bulldogs, 59-56, January 17 at Boshamer. Round two starts at 4 p.m. North Greenville hosts Knoxville Saturday at 4 p.m.