Panthers win overtime thriller against Maryville, 72-68

Panthers win overtime thriller against Maryville, 72-68

MARYVILLE, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team picked up a 72-68 overtime win against Maryville College on Sunday, moving to 6-1 on the season. The Scots fell to 5-4.

There were several ties and lead changes in the first half, although Maryville ended up on top, 29-24, after the first 20 minutes of action. The Scots held onto the lead through much of the second half as well, going up by as much as 10. Maryville led until the 4:19 mark, when a three-pointer from junior John Crain put the Panthers up 53-52 for their first lead since the 4:49 mark of the first half, when they led 22-20. The teams traded baskets after that, with senior Larry Thomas sinking a jumper with two seconds left to tie it up 59-59 and send the game to overtime.

Thomas and junior Alex Avery came up big for BSC in overtime, with Avery scoring the first three of the Panthers' points, putting them up 62-61, and Thomas then making a layup, two three-pointers, and two free throws to help clinch the victory.

Thomas led BSC with 19 points, 10 of those in overtime, and a game-high 11 rebounds. Avery posted 11 points, going 5-6 from the field, and sophomore Ian Thom had 10 points. Sophomore Evan Lewis led with four assists off the bench.

The Panthers shot nearly 52 percent (28-54) from the field, but struggled from beyond the arc, shooting a season-low 28 percent (7-25). BSC pulled down a season-high 42 rebounds while committing 19 turnovers.

BSC travels to Daytona Beach, Fla., next weekend for the Daytona Beach Shootout, taking on Wesleyan on Friday, Dec. 19, and Dubuque on Saturday, Dec. 20.