SEWANEE, Tenn. – Despite giving up an 18 point lead in the first half, the Birmingham-Southern Panthers never trailed Sewanee this afternoon, defeating the Tigers 75-61. The win improves BSC to 9-1 on the season and 3-1 in SCAC play.
The Panthers got off to a roaring start, scoring 22 of the game’s first 26 points, leading Sewanee 22-4 halfway through the first half. The Tigers used the rest of the half to chip away at the BSC lead. Fouls, turnovers, and missed shots allowed Sewanee back into the game. A layup as the clock ticked down to halftime brought Sewanee within just one point to bring the score to its closest point. The Panthers took the slim 33-32 advantage into the break.
BSC was determined not to let their second loss of the season come after holding such a commanding lead, and just like the first half they got out to a fast start. The Panthers scored the first nine points of the second half and the game never got closer than six points the rest of the way.
The Panthers’ shooting was much improved, due in large part to better shot selection. They went 27-of-51 from the floor (53-percent) and while they hit just seven three pointers, they only took 17, good for 41-percent. The Tigers hit the same seven threes but went 22-of-45 from the floor (49-percent). BSC edged them at the line as well, going 14-of-19 (74-percent) to the Tigers’ 10-of-15 (67-percent).
#Blaise White# tied Sewanee’s Zack Mulligan with 18 for the game high in points. #Patrick Price# also got into double-figures with 10 points. The Tigers did out-rebound the Panthers 30-21, with no single Panther getting more than Price’s three.
BSC will return to Bill Battle Coliseum this Wednesday, January 6, to host Asbury College for a non-conference game at 7:00 p.m.