ATLANTA, Ga.—Led by three players with 14 points each, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team bounced back with a 76-72 win against Bates College, Tuesday afternoon at the Emory Tournament in Atlanta, Ga.
The Panthers moved to 7-4, while the Bobcats fell to 7-2.
BSC never trailed in the game, although Bates kept things close, especially in the first half. The teams played to a tie four different times, the last coming at the 5:21 mark of the first half when the score was tied 30-30. After that, the Panthers used a 14-4 run to take a 44-34 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Panthers led by as much as 13 in the second half, and held a 70-60 lead at the 3:04 mark before the Bobcats' Graham Safford sank two straight three-pointers to cut it to four. After a BSC layup, Bates hit another three-pointer, cutting it to 72-69. The Bobcats then sent senior Larry Thomas to the free throw line twice, where he made all four to put BSC up 76-69 with five seconds remaining. Bates went down shooting, though, sinking one last three-pointer at the buzzer to cut it to 76-72.
Thomas, junior Alex Avery, and junior John Crain led the Panthers with 14 points apiece. Crain came off the bench and went 4-5 from beyond the arc, and Avery also led on the boards with nine rebounds. Thomas and sophomore Evan Lewis led with four assists each, and Thomas led with six steals.
BSC stays on the road for its next two games, wrapping up a nine-game road swing, traveling to face Southern Athletic Association rivals Centre, Jan. 9, and Sewanee, Jan. 11.