Panthers start season off with 24-point win in the Black Tie Classic

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern (1-0) men’s basketball team got off to a good start tonight in the opening game of the 2008 Black Tie Club Classic, defeating the Crusaders of the University of Dallas (0-1), 72-48 at Bill Battle Coliseum.

The game went back-and-forth early, with neither team able to build much of a lead.  The lead changed hands five times before the Panthers were able to begin to pull away.  The score was tied at 13 with just over eleven minutes to play in the half, but it would be the closest Dallas would come again.  The Panthers outscored UD 19-12 in the final minutes of the half to take a 32-25 lead into the locker room.

Dallas cut the Panther lead down to three early in the second, but never retook the lead.  With 3:28 remaining the Panther lead was up to 21 and they were able to coast to the lopsided win.

The Panthers used steady pressure and good shooting to get the win in the 2008-09 opener.  BSC shot a scorching 59-percent from the floor in both halves (13-22 per-half/26-44 on the night).  They paired that consistency with a 67-percent effort from behind the newly extended three point line (8-12), and 71-percent from the charity stripe (12-17).  The Crusaders were unable to match the Panthers pace with just 29-percent shooting from the floor, 26-percent from three, and 33-percent from the line.

Aaron Parr and Roger Williams led the way for ‘Southern with 15 points apiece.  Nathan West also scored in double-figures with 12 points.  Defensively, Michael Rebarchak dominated.  The sophomore had 11 rebounds on the night – 10 of which came on the defensive end.  He also added six blocked shots in his 24 minutes on the floor.  Jim Norton’s 20 points were the sole bright spot for the Crusaders, he led all scorers on the night.

The Panthers will return to the Hilltop Hardwood tomorrow in the final game of the 2008 Black Tie Club Classic to take on Huntingdon College at 2:00 p.m.  The Crusaders will try to rebound against SCAC member Sewanee in third game of the Classic at noon in Bill Battle.

In tonight's second game:

The Huntingdon College (1-0) Hawks defeated the Sewanee (0-1) Tigers, 85-69 in the second game of the 2008 Black Tie Club Classic, hosted by Birmingham-Southern.

Huntingdon's Jeremy Pittmann led all scorers with 27 points.  The Hawks will face BSC tomorrow in the final game of the Classic at 2:00 p.m.

Sewanee's game with Dallas will start at noon from Bill Battle Coliseum.