DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team lost its second game in as many days on Saturday, falling to Dubuque 76-62 at the Daytona Beach Shootout at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Panthers fell to 6-3, while the Spartans, who are receiving votes in the national polls, moved to 9-1.
Much of the first half was back-and-forth, with the lead changing hands several times before Dubuque started pulling away near the end of the half. The Spartans led by as much as eight before taking a five-point 38-33 lead into the locker room.
Dubuque came out and opened the second half with a 10-0 run in the first six minutes to pull up 48-33, but the Panthers clawed back to cut it to 56-51 at the 8:05 mark. That was the closest they would come, though, with the Spartans hanging on for the eventual 76-62 victory.
The Panthers shot a season-low 33.9 percent (21-62) from the field and 24 percent (6-25) from three-point range. Senior Larry Thomas led BSC with 17 points, followed by junior Ross Welch with 12 points. Junior Alex Avery led with seven rebounds, and Welch led with three assists.
BSC is back in action after Christmas at the Emory Tournament, facing Union College (N.Y.) Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. ET and then either Emory or Bates College Dec. 30.