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November 21, 2008

Panthers storm back to take the 70-64 win over Emory

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – BSC (3-1) trailed for the first 25 minutes of the game on Friday against the visiting Emory (0-2) Eagles before they took their first lead at 14:53 in the second half.  The score was 37-35, they never trailed again, taking the 70-64 win to remain undefeated in Bill Battle Coliseum so far this season.

The Panthers came out a little flat to start the game, turning the ball over on their first possession for the second game in a row.  The Eagles pressed their advantage and pulled out to the early 4-13 lead.  BSC shot just 41-percent in the half, going 11-of-27 from the field and 2-of-10 from three.  Emory went 14-of-27 for their side and 3-of-4 from three, taking the slim – but still unbroken – two point lead into the half, 31-29.

‘Southern came out a new team in the second half.  They quickly tied the game on a short-range jumper from Isiah Doaty and kept the game within one possession until the 14:53 mark.  The layup from Michael Rebarchak put the Panthers up for the first time in the game and the momentum stayed firmly in Panther hands for the rest of the game.

BSC wound up going 75-percent from the floor in the second half for a game total 55.  They shot 27-percent from three and 64-percent from the line.  The Eagle shooting cooled in the second, dropping them to 44-percent for the game, with slightly better percentages (38- and 75-) from three and the line.

The Panthers were led by Dominic Whicher with 15 points, including one from beyond the arc.  Aaron Parr returned to the BSC lineup and added 14 points and six assists, Roger Williams came off the bench with 12 points in 19 minutes, and Michael Rebarchak rounded out those in double-figures with 11 points and three blocked shots.

BSC will return to Bill Battle Coliseum on Tuesday to host the Rhodes College Lynx in the teams’ SCAC opener.  (Birmingham-Southern’s games will not be official in conference standings again this season.)  Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. with the women’s game to follow at 7:00 p.m.