Panthers complete the comeback, defeat Southwestern 67-59

Box Score

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.