BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern (6-4) Panthers hosted the Sewanee (2-8) Tigers tonight in their first game of the new year, winning 46-44.
The game remained close early, with neither team able to build much of a lead. The tempo was fierce causing both teams to sub frequently. Leads for both teams never got higher than five in the half. BSC shot a team 50-percent from the floor (10-of-20) and 1-of-5 from three for 20-percent. The two teams went into the break tied at 24. No Panther netted more than four points in the frame and Sewanee’s leading scorer was Ben Pursell with just 8 to his line.
The Tigers jumped out with five unanswered points to start the second half, a Dominic Whicher lay- up at the 18:02 mark finally broke the seal for the Panthers. The squads continued to swap the lead back-and-forth for the remainder of the game. With four minutes remaining, the game was all knotted at 40. The Tigers seemed poised to seal the road win as the minutes ticked down, but a steal from Michael Rebarchak and a dish to Isiah Doaty put the Panthers up one with 1:56 remaining. Another Sewanee turnover with just over a minute gave the ball back to BSC, up one, 45-44. Sewanee got a blocked shot from Purcell, but the three-attempt from Bradley Pierson allowed the Panthers to regain possession. Roger Williams hit the front-end of a one-and-one to put BSC up two and the Panthers were able to hold on for the win.
BSC was led on the night by Roger Williams with nine points, and eight rebounds. Sewanee was led by Ben Purcell with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double. As a team the Panthers shot 38-percent from the floor, and 13-percent from three. They were 8-of-17 from the charity stripe. The Tigers shot 37-percent from the field, 18-percent from beyond the arc, and 5-of-8 from the line.
The Panthers will return to Bill Battle Sunday to host Oglethorpe University for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off on the Hilltop.