ATLANTA, Ga.—Shooting a season-low 29.8 percent from the field, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team lost on the road to Emory, 76-61, Monday evening at the Woodruff Center in Atlanta, Ga.
The Panthers fall to 7-3, while the Eagles move to 8-3; both teams were receiving votes in this week's D3hoops.com poll, but have not been ranked yet this season.
BSC never trailed in the first half, jumping out to a 13-2 lead in the first 5:30 of play. The Panthers maintained the lead until the Eagles chipped away at the margin and tied it up twice near the end of the half, 25-25 and 27-27. BSC led by only one, 30-29, at halftime.
Emory's Alex Foster hit a three-pointer to open the second half and give the Eagles their first lead of the game, 32-30, sparking a 13-3 run which put Emory up 45-33 with 15:20 remaining. The Eagles kept the lead for the remainder of the game, with BSC only coming as close as cutting the lead to eight several times before Emory expanded the lead to 15 over the final three minutes, thanks in part to a 7-8 showing at the free throw line during that time.
Junior Larry Thomas led the Panthers with 25 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the year and second double-double in a row. Sophomore Ross Welch also recorded 12 points, and senior Jason Holland led with three assists.
Jake Davis led Emory with 28 points, Will Trawick led with 10 rebounds, and Michael Florin led with four assists.
BSC had its worst shooting performance of the season, hitting 17-57 (29.8 percent) from the field and 5-30 (16.7 percent) from three-point range. Emory was more productive, shooting 22-55 (40 percent) overall and 8-22 (36.4 percent) from beyond the arc. Both teams shot well at the free throw line, with the Panthers going 22-25 (88 percent) and the Eagles going 24-28 (85.7 percent).
Emory out-rebounded BSC 39-35, and the Panthers turned the ball over 14 times, twice more than the Eagles.
The Panthers resume Southern Athletic Association play this weekend, traveling to face Sewanee Friday at 8 p.m. and Centre Sunday at 2 p.m.