Panthers’ shooting deserts them in first loss of season

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ATLANTA – The Birmingham-Southern Panthers began 2010 on a sour note, falling 71-67 at Oglethorpe. The loss drops the Panthers to 8-1, 2-1 SCAC on the season while the Petrels improve to 7-3, 2-0 SCAC.

BSC struggled with their shooting in the first half. The Panthers shot a frosty 39-percent from the field in the first half, including going just two-of-nine from three (22-percent). Luckily, Oglethorpe was never able to get more than seven points ahead before the Panthers would close the gap. They were still unable to overtake the Petrels in the frame, trailing 32-28 at the break.

The Panthers were able to finally pull ahead with 12:18 remaining in the game thanks to a jumper from #Nathan West#, 42-41 but that proved to be the only time the Panthers would lead in the contest. The three-point shooting that had helped carry them in every game this season was nowhere to be found tonight, as the Panthers hit just three on the night. The Petrels, on the other hand, sank 8-of-23 from behind the arc.

The Panthers were led by #Aaron Parr# with 18 points on the night. He was the only Panther in double-figures. Todd Ward led all scorers with 20 points for the Petrels. The Panthers shot 40-percent from the floor (25-of-63) and just 16-percent from three (3-of-19). Oglethorpe shot 42-percent from the floor and 35-percent from three. 

The Panthers will try to get back on the winning path on Sunday when they travel up to Sewanee for an afternoon matchup with the Tigers. The game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in Tennessee.