BSC Men’s Basketball Falls To Centre In Battle Of First Place Teams

Larry Thomas (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Larry Thomas (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre College  (16-4, 9-2 SAA) used a balanced offense and a shot 50 percent in the second half to earn a 72-62 Southern Athletic Association win over the Birmingham-Southern Men's Basketball  (15-6; 8-3 SAA) Friday at Alumni Gym.

Larry Thomas recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Zac Richards chipped in 14 and eight rebounds as the only Panthers in double-figures.

The Colonels were led by Blake Scinta with 20 points and Bryon Ellis with 18 points while Tyler Wesley added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Panthers shot 35 percent in the first half and went 2-of-12 from 3-point land but managed to hold a 29-27 halftime edge.  BSC shot 27 percent in the second half and finished the contest shooting 31 percent and 15 percent from 3-point range.

After shooting 38 percent in the opening half, Centre shot 50 percent from the floor and made 4-of-8 3-pointers in the second half.  

BSC held a 33-29 lead on a Richards layup at the 16:54 mark of the second half before Centre went on an 11-0 run that included three straight 3-pointers to take a 48-35 lead with 13:59 to play.

Centre was able to keep the Panthers at arm's length until a Larry Thomas jumper cut the deficit to 53-52 with 6:11 left in the second half.

Centre stretched the lead to 57-52 on a Wesley layup less than a minute later and pushed the lead to 66-58 with 1:04 left in the contest.

The Panthers close out the road trip against Sewanee in Sewanee, Tenn., on Sunday at 3 p.m.