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January 20, 2013

Shooting woes plague Panthers in 68-55 loss to Rhodes

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team shot a season-low .333 from the field on Sunday afternoon, falling to Rhodes 68-55 on the road to snap a six-game win streak.

BSC falls to 12-4 overall and 5-1 in the Southern Athletic Association; Rhodes moves to 11-6 overall and 6-0 in the SAA, clinching its spot at the top of the standings.

The first 10 minutes of the first half were close, with the teams trading leads four times and tying twice. At the 10:14 mark, Rhodes led 15-13 and then scored seven unanswered points to go up 22-13 by the 7:42 mark. The Lynx led by as much as 10, twice, but the Panthers came back to cut it to 31-27 at the half.

Rhodes steadily pulled ahead in the second half to a small but comfortable lead, and held on to eventually win by 13.

Sophomore Larry Thomas led the Panthers off the bench with 12 points, followed by senior Blaise White with 11 and junior Griffin Schamp with 10. Senior Zac Richards led with 11 rebounds.

Andrew Galow led the Lynx with 26 points, and Theo Hartwell led with 10 boards.

The Panthers shot 18-54 (.333) overall and 5-23 (.217) from beyond the arc, and were 14-15 (.933) from the free throw line. The Lynx shot 21-46 (.457) from the field, 6-20 (.300) from three-point range, and 20-23 (.870) at the line.

BSC pulled down one more board than Rhodes with 32 while turning the ball over 16 times, three more than the Lynx.

The Panthers return home next weekend for more conference action, facing Berry on Friday at 8 p.m. and Oglethorpe on Sunday at 3 p.m.