Cleveland, Ga. - Jonathan Whitson scored 27 points in 23 minutes and Sam Carlisle had 14 points and 18 rebounds as the Tornados outrebounded the Bears 32-9 in the first half on their way to cruising to a 79-67 win on Monday night.
Josh Roper was the third Tornado in double figures on the evening with 10 points as Brevard (10-4, 3-1 SAC), connected on 50.0 percent (31-62) of their field goal attempts in the game. Jacques Dovonou added nine points and six rebounds as the Tornados outrebounded the Bears 53-26 in the game. Carlisle added three blocked shots to his total on the year and Roper directed the offense with seven assists as the Tornados overcame 20 turnovers, with 10 coming in each half in their tenth win of the season.
Tulio Yamasita led four Truett-McConnell (5-14) players in double figures with 20 points, going seven of 12 from the floor, while Tyler Thomas had 12 points and five rebounds in the game. Quint Moss and Tyron Louis each had 10 points as the Bears outscored the Tornados 40-36 in the second half as they attempted to comeback.
The Tornados and Bears were tied after the first seven minutes at 12 apiece as Roper and Whitson each hit three-pointers to counter five Bears scoring in the opening minutes. Brevard went on a 20-9 run in the following six minutes to go up by 11 at 32-21 on a layup by Roper with 6:29 left on the clock.
The Tornados would open their largest lead of the first half at 16 points at the 4:06 mark as Dovonou connected from behind the arc to put the score at 39-23. Truett-McConnell would counter with a layup by Louis and a pair of free throws by Moss, but a layup by Whitson with 1:02 remaining in the first half put the score at 43-27 as the teams headed into the locker room.
Brevard started the second half by scoring the first 11 points as Whitson and Dovonou each had a pair of layups as the Tornados opened up a 56-27 lead before a layup by Moss at the 16:09 mark ended the Tornados streak. Brevard would keep a 20-point lead through most of the second half before a late run by the Bears, started by a pair of free throws by Moss with 5:16 to play put the score at 71-53. Truett-McConnell would bring the game all the way to within eight points at 75-67 with 18 seconds remaining on a pair of Thomas’ free throws, but Donald Hudson, Drew Schauss and Carlisle each converted free throws for the Tornados as Brevard left Cleveland, Ga. with the 79-67 win.
The Tornados are back in action on Wednesday, January 13th, as they continue South Atlantic Conference play on the road inside Goodman Gymnasium as they take on Catawba College. Tipoff for the game between the Tornados and the Catawba Indians is set for 8 p.m.