November 17, 2013

Panthers win Black Tie Classic with 90-76 victory over Emory

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team won the 2013 Black Tie Classic on Sunday with a 90-76 win over Emory in Bill Battle Coliseum, improving to 2-0 on the young season. The Eagles fall to 1-1 after beating Spalding yesterday in Bill Battle in game two of the Classic.

Emory scored the first basket of the game but the Panthers quickly tied it up and then pulled ahead, using an 11-0 run to go up 11-2 by the 15:35 mark. BSC held onto the lead until the 4:43 mark when Emory tied it up, 31-31, and then the Eagles pulled ahead for the first time since the opening bucket at the 1:31 mark, 37-36. A layup by senior Schylar Freeman, however, put the Panthers back on top, and BSC led 40-37 at halftime.

The Eagles were able to tie it up again early in the second half, 42-42, but that was the closest they'd come. BSC steadily built up its lead, hitting a double-digit advantage at the 9:02 mark, 66-55. Emory cut the lead back to five after that, twice, but the Panthers out-scored the Eagles 14-5 over the last 2:37 of the game, including 7-0 over the last 1:05, all from free throws, to come away with the 14-point 90-76 win.

Senior Griffin Schamp led the way for BSC with 23 points, going 6-8 from the field and 11-14 at the free throw line. BSC's other four starters were also all in double digits, with junior Larry Thomas scoring 19, Freeman and sophomore Ross Welch recording 12, and senior Jason Holland scoring 11. Holland also led with seven rebounds and five assists.

Jake Davis led Emory with 23 points, followed by Michael Florin with 15 and McPherson Moore with 13 points. Alex Foster led on the boards with seven rebounds, and Davis Rao had four assists.

The Panthers shot over 56 percent for the second straight game, hitting 27-48 (56.3 percent) from the field and 7-16 (43.8 percent) from three-point range. BSC was 29-40 (72.5 percent) from the free throw line.

Emory was not as effective, shooting 26-66 (39.4 percent) overall, 7-24 (29.2 percent) from long-range, and 17-25 (68 percent) at the line.

The Eagles out-rebounded the Panthers 37-34 while committing 17 turnovers, one less than BSC.

BSC travels to Baltimore, Md., next weekend for the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic, hosted by Stevenson University. The Panthers will face Salisbury University on Friday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. Eastern, and then the host Mustangs on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m. Eastern. BSC returns home after that to host Southern Athletic Association rival Millsaps, Sunday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m.