Men’s Basketball falls to Huntingdon on the road, 73-70

Box Score

Despite a big second-half run, the Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball team had a 13-game win streak snapped Wednesday evening by Huntingdon College, 73-70, in Montgomery.

The Panthers fall to 18-2, while the Hawks move to 10-11.

Play was back-and-forth and fairly even in the first half, with the lead changing hands twice and the teams playing to five ties. BSC led by as much as 10, 32-22, with 2:37 left in the first half before leading 34-29 at halftime.

Huntingdon came out in the second half and scored nine straight points to go up 38-34 within the first three minutes of play. The Hawks maintained control of the game for the next several minutes, going up by as much as 14, twice, before the Panthers put together an impressive 24-2 run to take back the lead, 62-54, with 6:49 remaining.

The Hawks fought back to tie things back up and then take a one-point 67-66 lead on a pair of free throws by Adrian Williams with 1:07 left in the game. Sophomore Blaise White sank a jumper after that to put BSC back up by one, but Williams answered with a basket of his own to put the Hawks back ahead and was fouled on the shot. He made his free throw, putting Huntingdon up 70-68, with 39 seconds left. Sophomore Zac Richards came through for BSC after that with a layup to tie things up, 70-70, with 23 seconds left. After a Huntingdon time out, Ephraim Hudson hit the game-winning three-pointer with three seconds left on the clock. BSC missed a long shot at the buzzer and the Hawks picked up the three-point victory.

Richards and senior Patrick Price led the Panthers with 10 points each, while senior Mark Messenger and junior Jasen Jonus led with four rebounds apiece. White led all players with six assists.

Huntingdon shot better than BSC from the field, 50.9 to 46.6 percent, but not from three-point range, as BSC shot 38.1 percent to Huntingdon’s 27.3 percent. The Hawks hit 14-of-18 at the free throw line, and the Panthers were 8-of-12.

The Hawks out-rebounded the Panthers, 33-29, but committed three more turnovers than BSC with 16.

The Panthers are on the road this weekend, traveling to Memphis to take on Rhodes this Saturday at 5 p.m.