Panthers finish strong, down SEBC 90-79

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham-Southern Panthers won their final home game of 2008 this evening against the cross-town Southeastern Bible College Sabers 90-79 at Bill Battle Coliseum.  The win improves the Panthers to 4-3 on the season.

The Sabers came out hot and jumped to a 6-0 lead and didn't relinquish that lead until half way through the second half.  SEBC lead by as many as 14 in the frame, as the Panthers struggled to keep pace with the scrappy NCCAA team.  BSC managed to tie the score at 11 off a pair of free-throws from Roger Williams, but a 10-3 run over the next two minutes allowed the Sabers to re-secure the lead.  They took a 47-39 advantage into the lockers.

The Panthers came out hungry in the second half.  A quick steal by Williams set the pace for the half.  BSC tied the score for the second time of the game off a three from Isaiah Doaty with 11:31 left in the game.  SEBC could not hold any lead longer than a few trips from that point.  The Panthers hit foul shots down the stretch to fend off any come-back attempt.  The 11-point margin of victory was the Panther’s largest lead of the game.

Michael Rebarchak led the way for the Panthers, posting his first double-double of the season, with 22 points and 14 rebounds.  Roger Williams added 21 points and seven boards.  Aaron Parr and Isaiah Doaty both landed in double-figures with 14 points each.  Southeastern’s John Maul led all scorers with 25 points and eight rebounds on the night.

The Panthers will be on the road this week as they close out 2008.  First, they will travel to Montgomery to take on Huntingdon College on Wednesday, then they will cross into Mississippi on Friday to play Rust College.  Both games are scheduled for 7:00 p.m.