LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant men's basketball team rolled to its fourth straight win with a 75-55 victory over Brevard on Tuesday night in USA South action inside Barnes PE Center.
Covenant (9-4, 6-0 USA South) remains the lone unbeaten team within USA South play in the conference and atop the West Division. The Scots are riding a season-best four-game win streak, while holding opponents to fewer than 70 points in each game during the stretch.
It was a balanced effort from the Scots as 12 different players found the scoring column. Will Crumly paced Covenant with a near double-double of 12 points and nine rebounds after being honored prior to the game as the newest member of the program's 1,000-career point club. Chris Barnette added nine points and six rebounds and Mitchell Hollis also tallied nine points.
Covenant used a 10-0 run in the first half to gain the lead for good. Igbanu had back-to-back baskets to start the run and an Allen conventional three-point play capped the streak to give the Scots an 18-9 lead with 13:34 left in the first.
The lead stretched to 19 (32-13) after a Crumly bucket at the eight-minute mark of the opening period. The Scots shot 57.1 percent in the first half and led 38-30 at the break.
Covenant stamped out any hope Brevard had of a comeback early in the second half. The Scots used a 9-0 run to open the final stanza, highlighted by five points from James Mitchell, to go ahead 47-30 with 17:03 remaining.
The Scots extended the lead to as many as 27 late in the second half.
Covenant finished the night shooting 50 percent (30-of-60) from the floor with eight 3-pointers. The Scots dominated the glass with a 42-18 margin in rebounding, including 12 offensive rebounds that turned into 15 second-chance points. Brevard was held without an offensive rebound.
Cannon Lamb and Demari Hopper led Brevard (3-11, 2-5 USA South) with 13 points apiece. Levi Lamb had eight points and surpassed 1,000 career points in the process. The visiting Tornados connected on 43.1 percent (22-of-51) for the game.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NIGHT
Covenant hits the road for the next four USA South games starting on Friday at Methodist. Tip-off in Fayetteville, N.C., is set for 7:30 p.m.
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