Panthers fly high, win 54-51 over Colorado College

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. – The Birmingham-Southern (8-9) Panthers traveled up to the thin air of Colorado Springs to take on the Colorado College (3-14, 2-6) Tigers Sunday afternoon.  The only thing higher than the altitude (6,200 feet above sea level to be exact) was the Panthers spirits.

The Panthers were able to control the tempo on their end of the floor, limiting the number of possessions in the half.  They used their ball movement and rebounding to keep the Tigers on their heels for much of the half.  BSC pulled in six offensive board compared to CC’s one. The sole low-point in the half saw the Tigers rattle off three layups back-to-back thanks to a string of misses on the Panther end of the court.  Colorado College was able to build their lead to six, the largest lead of the half, with 8:12 left in the period.  The Panthers stormed back and made up the deficit and closed the half with four straight points to take the 30-26 lead into the break.

The Panthers came out hungry and quickly tacked six more onto the BSC lead, going up 40-30 four minutes into the half.  They were unable to hold on to the lead thanks to a five minute stretch without a Panther field goal.  The Panthers scored just three free throws over the stretch allowing the Tigers back in the game.  Colorado College retook the lead 48-45 with just over six minutes to play.  From that point on the two teams continued to battle down to the wire.  A three-pointer from #Aaron Parr# with 29.4 seconds remaining gave the Panthers a 54-51 lead.  A missed three from the Tigers 3 paired with a #Mark Messenger# rebound left just 4.5 seconds for the Tigers to steal the win back from the Panthers.  Isiah Doaty stole a cross-court pass on the inbounds play secured the win for BSC.  The Panthers survived despite hitting just three field goals in the game’s final 14 minutes.

The Panthers were led by Aaron Parr with 16 points.  Michael Rebarchak was the only other Panther in double-figures with 12.  #Wheeler Flemming# pulled down a game-high five rebounds.  Brady Ohlsen led the Tigers with 13 points.

BSC cooled off from their 50-percent clip in the first half to finish at percent from the floor, going 19-of-46.  They were 33-percent from three (5-of-15), but it was the foul line that saved them today, the Panthers were a scorching 85-percent from the charity stripe going, 11-of-13.  Colorado College shot 45-percent from the floor, 32 from behind the arc, and 70-percent from the line.

The Panthers return to Bill Battle Coliseum this Friday to host the Majors of Millsaps College.  Game time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.