Panther comeback falls short in Texas, 69-64

Box Score

SHERMAN, Texas – The BSC men’s basketball team was unable to climb its way out of another first half deficit and dropped their fifth in a row, 69-64 at Austin College.  The Panthers drop to 7-9 with the loss while the Roos improve to 9-7.

BSC gave up a slam dunk on the first possession to Spencer Burke, but it looked like the Panther defense would be able to hold.  The pace evened out and the score stayed close for most of half.  The Panthers tied the game at 24 with 7:23 left in the half thanks to a #Wheeler Flemming# three from the top of the key. The Roos got back up eight with just over three minutes, a layup from #Mikey Kline# with 2:02 on the clock cut that lead to five with the bucket and foul.  The Panthers did not make another field goal in the frame, allowing Austin to end on a 9-1 run to close the half, taking a 48-35 lead into the break.

Austin nursed their halftime lead for much of the second half, but the Panthers never gave in to the home team.  BSC clawed its way back to a four-point deficit with 1:58 left in the game.  Coach Cole called a time out to regroup and set up the Panthers’ last-minute push.  Unfortunately, a turnover on the next possession allowed the Roos to extend their lead to six with just over a minute to play.  The Panthers managed to cut the lead down to three with nine seconds remaining, but Kola Alade hit two free-throws to seal the victory for Austin.

The Panthers were led by #Aaron Parr# with 18 points and six rebounds.  #Nathan West# followed close behind with 15 points and four rebounds.  Wheeler Flemming and Mikey Kline also scored in double-figures with 10 points each.  Alade led the Roos with 29 points and six rebounds.

BSC shot 35-percent from the floor, going 18-of-52; 40-percent from three (4-of-10); and 77-percent from the charity stripe (24-of-31).  The Roos posted 45-percent from the floor, 32 from behind the arc, and 70-percent from the line.

The Panthers’ road swing will continue Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colorado for a 1:00 p.m. tip off with the Colorado College Tigers.