GEORGETOWN, Texas - The Panthers overcame a ten-point half time deficit tonight to get the SCAC road win, 67-59, over the Southwestern University Pirates. The win gives BSC the split on their Texas road trip and improves them to 16-3 overall and 8-3 in the SCAC.
The Panthers shooting was again a problem early on. The Pirates took advantage of BSC's 32-percent first half shooting to build their lead to double-digits twice in the period. Southwestern took their second ten-point lead into the break, 35-25.
With another lackluster half of shooting putting them behind for the second-straight night, the Panthers responded. They went from 9-of-28 in the first half to 14-of-24 in the second to overtake the Pirates down the stretch.
BSC opened the half outscoring Southwestern 14-4 with #Kevin Kegarise# hitting a three at 14:45 to tie the score at 39.
The game continued back-and-forth over the next nine minutes A Pirate foul shot tied the game for the fourth time of the night at 53 with 5:30 remaining, but this time the Panthers would not be denied their comeback.
'Southern went on a game-ending 14-6 run to put the win in the books. It was not all smooth sailing, the Pirates did cut the lead back down to three with 1:49 remaining, but the Panthers scored the last five points of the game at the foul line to reach the final margin.
The Panthers were led by #Jasen Jonus# with 12 points. #Aaron Parr# added 10. #Mark Messenger# posted nine points and a game-leading eight rebounds. Southwestern did out-rebound the Panthers 32-29 on the night, but BSC converted their boards into 18 second-chance points while the Pirates only managed to put back three. The Panther bench outscored Southwestern's 34-15 for the game.
BSC will return to the Hilltop Hardwood this Friday as the Panthers host Oglethorpe University, resuming East Division play. Game time is scheduled 8:00 p.m. The Panthers will try to avenge the 71-67 loss to the Petrels in Atlanta back on New Year's Day.