Big Second Half Propels Brevard Past Trojans

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ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson was unable to withstand a second-half three-point barrage as Brevard outlasted the Trojans, 83-74 in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center.  

Anderson (14-4, 9-1 SAC) suffered its first home setback of the season and saw its win streak halted at seven, while Brevard improved to 3-16 overall and 2-8 in league play by snapping a five-game winless streak.

The Tornados erased a 16-point first-half deficit by connecting on nine 3-pointers in the second frame, including six 3s in a four-minute span early in the final half.

The first half featured four ties and eight lead changes in the first 12 minutes, before the Trojans snapped a 20-20 tie with a 20-4 outburst. AU forward Stephen Cobb, who came off the bench to score eight first-half points, sparked the run with a short jumper with 7:34 left in the half and the senior from Raleigh, N.C., followed with a traditional three-point play 39 seconds later to boost AU’s edge to 25-20.

Cobb added another basket during the surge, while Jo’el Lamb notched five points and Tyrell McDowell and Chandler Hash each added a 3-pointer, giving Anderson a 40-24 cushion with 1:26 on the clock. Brevard senior guard Gaither Hendrix scored the half’s final four points to set the score at 40-28.

The Tornados continued to chip away at the AU lead, opening the final 20 minutes with a 20-11 run on the strength of their long-range accuracy, as sophomore Dominique Pickett connected on three consecutive 3s, then Hendrix added three straight, trimming Anderson’s lead to just 51-50, with more than 13 minutes left.    

Senior Taylor Shugart answered for the Trojans, notching four of his team-high 16 points inside the next minute to rebuild AU’s lead to five. But Brevard answered again and following two more ties, the Tornados took a lead they would not relinquish, at 62-60, at the 8:37 mark.

The Trojans fell behind by seven before rallying to within 77-74 on a Denzail Jones layup, but AU was unable to get any closer, with Brevard connecting on four-of-six free throws in the final moments.

The Tornados shot 53.8 percent for the game, including 48 percent (12-of-25) from beyond the arc and held a 36-29 rebounding advantage.

Hash scored 15 points for the Trojans, while McDowell chipped in 12 and Cobb finished with 10.

Brevard forward Darius Moose led all scorers with a career-high 31 points, with Hendrix netting 19 points and handing out five assists. Pickett finished with 13 points for the Tornados.

Lenoir-Rhyne invades the Abney Center on Wednesday, as Anderson looks for a regular-season sweep following AU’s 75-72 win in early January. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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