M. Basketball

Brevard Men's Basketball Remains At The Top Of The League With A 65-60 Victory Over Lenoir-Rhyne

Bears suffer their ninth straight loss

Freshman guard Spenser Sydney finished with five points, six rebounds and five assists despite Lenoir-RhyneFreshman guard Spenser Sydney finished with five points, six rebounds and five assists despite Lenoir-Rhyne's 65-60 loss to Brevard at home on Wednesday night.

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Hickory, N.C. – The Brevard College Men’s Basketball Team (15-6, 7-3) remained in first place in the South Atlantic Conference with a 65-60 win over Lenoir-Rhyne University (3-17, 1-9) Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Four players scored in double figures for Brevard, led the Jonathan Whitson’s (Clyde, N.C.) 16 points, as the Tornados swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne.

For L-R, junior forward D.J. Blackmon (Albemarle, N.C.) finished with a game-high 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds to complete the double-double while sophomore guard Jon Hathcock (Concord, N.C.) tallied a career-high 17 points and five three-pointers but the Bears suffered their ninth straight loss.

Brevard built a 35-27 advantage, its largest of the game, with 17:49 left in the contest thanks to eight straight points capped off by a lay-up from Sam Carlisle (Raleigh, N.C.).

However, L-R responded with a 13-4 run to take the lead at 40-39 on a jumper by freshman forward Will Carpenter (Greensboro, N.C.) at the 13:09 mark of the second half.

The game remained close until Brevard reeled off five straight points for a 60-52 lead finished off by a Whitson lay-up with 1:04 left that sealed the win.

Nathan Whitmire (Rosman, N.C.) added 14 points for the Tornados, who connected on 19-of-31 free throw attempts including 12 from the charity stripe in the last five minutes of action.

Freshman guard Spenser Sydney (Lincolnton, N.C.) added five points, six rebounds and five assists in the losing effort for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Newberry in a league contest Saturday at 8 p.m.  Brevard, meanwhile, hosts Lincoln Memorial University Saturday at 2 p.m.

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