GREENWOOD – The Lander men's basketball team got a career-high 26 points from Tyler Brevard and held off Barton College 93-84 in a non-conference game Tuesday night at Horne Arena.
The Bearcats (5-2) beat Barton (3-4) in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
"Tyler Brevard had a great game, especially when our offense got stagnant there," said head coach Drew Richards. "Ultimately, Tyler made the right plays against that zone. Sometimes when your execution doesn't work, you've got to have guys that make plays and we had guys that made enough plays for us to win tonight."
Brevard made eight of 14 shots from the floor, added seven rebounds and paced Lander with five assists and four steals. It was the senior's collegiate career high including previous stops at Spartanburg Methodist and Erskine.
Deon Berrien added 17 points for the Bearcats on seven of nine shooting while contributing eight rebounds.
LaRaymond Spivery matched Brevard's assists total with five.
Isaiah Reddish paced the Bulldogs with 21 points and seven rebounds. Michael Boykin scored 16 points, Isaiah Buck-Lowman 15 points and Jayson Robinson 14 points. David Campbell added 12 points and seven boards for Barton.
The Bearcats out-rebounded Barton 38-30 and hit 33 of 62 shots (53 percent) from the floor to 28 of 64 (44 percent) for the visitors.
Neither team led by more than three points in the first eight-plus minutes of the game until Lander's 9-2 run broke a 15-all tie. The second of Brevard's two baskets during the run gave the Bearcats a 24-18 advantage with 11:10 left in the opening half.
Spivery's 3 from the top of the key extended Lander's lead to 36-28 with 5:14 to go.
The Bearcats ran off seven unanswered points with Berrien and Moorer scoring in the paint while Zane Rankin made a 3 from the right side, extending the Bearcat advantage to 43-30 with 3:12 left.
Sidney Robinson's trey from the top of the key built Lander's lead to 47-32 at the 1:22 mark.
The Bearcats were up 49-35 at the half. Lander shot 52 percent from the floor in the opening half while out-rebounding Barton 26-12.
The Bearcat lead grew to 20, 58-38, with 17:41 left on Alston's 3 from the left side off Brevard's steal.
Robinson's drive to the basket for a finger-roll layup gave Lander a 70-50 lead with 10:25 to go.
Jayson Robinson made a pair of 3s that pulled Barton within 72-58 inside the nine-minute mark.
The Bearcat lead shrank into single digits on Campbell's layup, which pulled Barton within 75-66 with 6:24 to go. Buck-Lowman's 3 cut the Bulldog deficit to 80-73 with 4:20 left.
Berrien hit a floater in the lane and added a jumper, pushing Lander's lead back into double figures at 84-73 with three minutes to go.
But a pair of Boykin free throws, Reddish's jumper and Jayson Robinson's layup off a steal pulled Barton within 84-79 at the 2:05 mark.
Lander's Brevard and Barton's Boykin traded a pair of free throws each as the Bearcats clung to an 86-81 advantage with 1:49 left.
Brevard added a free throw with 1:04 left, and after the Bulldogs were called for traveling, Brevard added two more free throws for an 89-81 lead with 54 seconds to go.
Moorer also added two free throws to extend Lander's lead back into double figures at 91-81 while Brevard's breakaway dunk with nine seconds to go put an exclamation point on the victory.
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