MARYVILLE, Tenn.—After trailing by nine at the half, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team was unable to overcome Guilford College at the Maryville Classic, Saturday, falling 88-85.
The Panthers now stand at 6-3, while the Quakers move to 9-2.
BSC held a very early lead, going up 4-2 less than two minutes in, and the teams played to three ties after that before the Quakers pulled ahead for much of the rest of the half. The Panthers pulled ahead by one at the 7:48 mark, 27-26, but it would be their last lead of the game. The Quakers led 50-41 at halftime, and never relinquished the lead in the second half, although BSC came close, cutting it to one, 73-72, with 6:31 left to play. Down the stretch, Guilford led 86-78 with 1:19 left, and the Panthers were able to cut it to three, 88-85, thanks in part to a three-pointer from senior Kevin Kegarise with 10 seconds left. BSC had a chance to tie it up at the buzzer but missed the long three, allowing the Quakers to come away with the three-point victory.
Sophomore Larry Thomas led the Panthers with a career-high 27 points as well as eight rebounds, while Kegarise and senior Zac Richards each had 17 points. Senior Blaise White and Richards also led with six assists apiece, and Thomas had five, and White and Thomas also led with four steals each.
Guilford out-shot BSC in every category, hitting 32-62 (.516) from the field, 12-21 (.571) from three-point range, and 12-15 (.800) from the free throw line. The Panthers shot 30-65 (.462) overall, 15-32 (.469) from beyond the arc, and 10-14 (.714) from the line. The Quakers also out-rebounded the Panthers 38-32.
BSC faces host Maryville College tomorrow at 3 p.m. Eastern.