MONTREAT, N.C. - The Brevard College Tornados Men's Basketball team (4-6, 1-2 USAS) dropped its final non-conference game of the season against Montreat College (9-2) by a final score of 95-72 on New Year's Eve.
Junior guard Levi Lamb, the Tornados' leading scorer thus far in 2018-19, led the way for Brevard with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting while grabbing four rebounds.
The Cavaliers were led by four double-digit scorers on the afternoon. Austin Butler tallied a game-high 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Nicodemus Payne added 15 points shooting an impressive 7-of-8 from the field.
Off the bench, Montreat was led by its duo of David Caldwell and Eric Reed. Caldwell put up 16 points while shooting 3-of-4 from long range, and Reed tallied 14 points to round out the double-digit scoring efforts for the Cavaliers.
Montreat jumped out to an early 10-3 lead in the contest. Brevard was able to keep the deficit within single digits for a majority of the first half, however, a 15-0 scoring run late in the first half propelled the Cavaliers to a 44-29 advantage at the half.
The Cavaliers continued to apply pressure in the second stanza, eventually pulling away from the Tornados completely for a comfortable 95-72 victory.
Montreat's victory was in large part thanks to the work that it did on the boards. The Cavaliers held a 47-23 rebounding advantage over Brevard. Montreat's 18-3 offensive rebounding advantage led to 18 total second-chance points.
Brevard returns to action on Saturday, January 5 for a USA South Conference matchup in Fayetteville, N.C. against the Methodist Monarchs (5-7, 3-1 USAS).
USA South Instagram Takeover: The Brevard College Tornados Men's Basketball team will be taking over the USA South Conference's Instagram account from January 4-6. During the winter months of basketball season, 11 teams, as well as the USA South Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), will have the opportunity to share their experiences, through pictures and videos, while competing away from their respective campuses. Brevard will share its road trip to Methodist and N.C. Wesleyan with the USA South Conference's Instagram followers.
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