Panthers pull together for 66-61 win over Hendrix

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. The BSC (10-9) men’s team extended their current win-streak to three tonight in dramatic fashion, completing a last-minute comeback to defeat the Hendrix College (13-7) Warriors 66-61.


Early on it seemed that the Panther’s momentum from Friday night’s game with Millsaps was just going to continue where it left off.  The Panthers rattled off six straight points before the Warriors got on the board with a free-throw five minutes in.  The Warriors heated up and got the long-ball going, hitting five of their eight threes in the first half. 


The Panther’s defense had kept them in the lead up to the 14-minute mark, but that control evaporated at the end of the half.  #Michael Rebarchak# hit a lay-up to pull BSC back to within one with 3:40 remaining in the half, but the Warriors closed on a 9-3 run.  Only a #Nathan West# three on the Panther’s last possession kept the game in single-digits, 32-25.


Hendrix extended its lead to as many as 14 points in the opening minutes of the second half, as the Panthers struggled from the floor.  The Warriors led 40-26 with 16:42 remaining, but the Panthers were not ready to see their newly earned streak snap at home. 


The Warriors’ shooting began to cool from the rocket-hot 72-percent from three back down to a more manageable 57-percent and the Panthers chipped away at the deficit.  It took a full 13 minutes, but the Panthers retied the game at 55 with 3:41 remaining, outscoring Hendrix 29-15 over the stretch.


The Panthers’ pulled together with big buckets from Rebarchak, #Roger Williams#, #Aaron Parr#, and a huge spiking-block from #Mark Messenger# with 17 seconds left.  But, it was #Nathan West#, coming off the bench and scoring seven clutch points in the closing minutes that allowed the Panthers to seal the victory.


BSC needed all hands on deck for this one.  They were led in scoring by Roger Williams and Nathan West each with 16, Aaron Parr added 10 points to round out those in double-figures.  The defensive stats were equally impressive for #Dominic Wicher# who recorded a season-high four blocks in just 13 minutes off the bench, and Messenger’s block with the game on the line was his third of the game.


‘Southern’s men will stay home next weekend to host DePauw University on Friday and Centre College on Sunday.  The games will complete the season series with the two SCAC-East teams.  The Panthers will be looking to return the favor of the two road losses they suffered in Greencastle and Danville earlier in the season.  Tipoffs are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Friday with the Tigers and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday with the Colonels.