January 29, 2010

Panther comeback falls just short in overtime

Box Score

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -
Despite overcoming a 17-point deficit in the second half tonight against Trinity University and sending the game into overtime, the BSC Panthers were unable to come home with the victory, falling 68-65 to the Tigers.  The loss drops BSC to 15-3 on the season and 7-3 in SCAC play.

The Tigers (7-11, 3-6 SCAC) took the lead early and forced the Panthers to play catch-up for much of the night.  In fact, BSC held just three leads in the game, none of which lasted more than a possession.

The Panthers' shooting hurt them all night, going just 16-of-54 from the field and 6-of-26 from three point range.  The only saving grace on the offensive end was the 67-percent they shot from the foul line.  BSC added 27 of their 65 points with the clock stopped.

Trinity used a 15-3 run over the last four and a half minutes of the first half to take control of the game.  A #Mark Messenger# layup with 2:13 remaining in the half gave the Panthers their last points of the half.  The Tigers went into the locker room up 38-23.

The Panthers didn't throw in the towel, however, and it took 19:55 to close that 15-point gap.  They continued to chip away at the Tiger lead, but were not able to fully regain the lead.  #Kevin Kegarise# buried two foul shots with just five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime with the game tied at 56.

In the overtime period the Panthers' shooting continued to hamper them in their comeback attempt.  No Panther was able to connect on back-to-back free throws in the period despite four chances by four different Panthers. 

BSC's third and final lead of the night came with 1:20 remaining in overtime thanks to another Mark Messenger layup which put the Panthers on top 63-62.  Unfortunately, they were unable to build on the lead, surrendering it on the next possession after giving Trinity a second-chance three after giving up an offensive rebound to the Tigers.

#Roger Williams# led the Panthers offensively with 13 points on the night.  #Aaron Parr# and #Kevin Kegarise# joined him in double-figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.  #Mark Messenger# again led the Panthers on the boards with nine rebounds to his line. 

The Panthers will try to get back on the smiling side of the scoreboard on tomorrow as they travel over to Georgetown, Texas to take on the Southwestern University Pirates in an 8:00 p.m. start.