Joseph Marvin: Assistant Sports Information Director
Photo Credit: Thomas Kennedy '21
DEMOREST, Ga. - The Brevard College Tornados Men's Basketball team (5-16, 2-12 USAS) couldn't keep pace with the Piedmont Lions (4-18, 3-12 USAS), falling by a final of 68-58 on a midweek USA South road trip.
Piedmont outscored Brevard 42-33 in the second half after holding a slim one-point 26-25 lead at the break.
Levi Lamb, Brevard's leading scorer, once again led the Tornados offense with 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half of action.
Demari Hopper aided the Tornados' efforts with a solid all-around performance. Hopper tallied 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, grabbing a team-high seven rebounds while swiping a season-high four steals.
Cannon Lamb also reached double-digit scoring, as the sophomore forward recorded 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Piedmont forward Taylor Mills exploded for a game-high 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting, which included an impressive 7-of-13 mark from the 3-point line.
The long-range shot proved vital in the result of the contest. Although both teams had near-identical marks from the field, Piedmont soared in its 3-point shooting. The Lions connected on 10-of-22 (45.5%) compared to Brevard's 6-of-22 (27.3%).
The Lions controlled the boards, holding a 43-27 advantage. Piedmont's bench was crucial to its success, posting 21 points compared to Brevard's five.
Tuesday night's contest was neck-and-neck for the entirety of the first half, with neither side holding a lead larger than four points. The first half saw three ties and six lead changes, as Piedmont's Mills drilled a jumper with eight seconds left to give the Lions a one-point, 26-25 lead going into the intermission.
Hopper was tied with two Piedmont players with a game-high seven points at the break. All four of Hopper's season-high steals came in the first stanza.
Both teams battled tightly through the first six minutes of action in the second half. A Levi Lamb 3-pointer cut Piedmont's lead to just one point at 43-42 with 11:24 left. However, Piedmont would push away with a quick 8-0 run, extending its advantage to 51-42. The Lions held off attempts by Brevard to get back in the game down the stretch, taking a 68-58 late-season USA South home victory.
The Tornados return home on Friday for a rematch with Covenant College (14-7, 13-1 USAS) at 7:30 p.m.
SENIOR DAY: The BC Men's Basketball team will honor senior guard Ke'Vel Kingsberry prior to its home game against Greensboro on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to join BC in this special ceremony.
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