Panthers surge late, take 60-57 win from Huntingdon

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MONTGOMERY, Ala - The Birmingham-Southern (5-3) men's basketball team won their first road game of the 2008-09 season tonight, 60-57 at Huntingdon College.

The Hawks (3-5) led for most of the game at Roland Arena.  The Panthers started out cold, allowing Huntingdon to go up by as many as 15 points in the first half.  A three-pointer from David Sampleton capped a 15-2 run by the Hawks to give them a 19-4 lead with just over nine minutes remaining in the half.  Fortunately, the Panthers found their aim from then on, ending the period with a 21-7 run of their own.  The Hawks took a slim one-point lead into the break, 26-25.

Aaron Parr gave the Panthers their first lead of the game thanks to a pair of free throws at the start of the second half.  The two teams traded bucket back-and-forth for the remainder of the game.  The Hawks tied the game for the final time at the two-minute mark off free-throws, 54-54.  A quick time out later, Parr put the Panthers back up for good with a three with 1:45 remaining.  A steal each from Nathan West and Michael Rebarchak coupled with missed free-throws and another unforced turnover allowed the Panthers to hold on for the three point win.

BSC was paced by Dominic Whicher with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double.  Aaron Parr and Nathan West joined Whicher in double-figures with 13 and 10 points respectively.  Whicher missed out being the game's leading scorer by one point, Huntingdon's Jeremy Pittman finished with 17 on the night.

The Panthers are on the road again this week as they travel to Holly Springs, Mississippi to take on Rust College on Friday.  Game time is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.