Panthers fall to No. 18 Emory in season opener

Alex Avery (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Alex Avery (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

ATLANTA, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team opened its season on the road Sunday evening, falling to No. 18 Emory, 88-54, in Atlanta, Ga.

The Panthers fell to 0-1, while the Eagles moved to 2-0.

The teams traded points to open the game, playing to a 6-6 tie before Emory used a 9-0 run to pull ahead 15-6 by the 13:19 mark and would never relinquish the lead. The Panthers fought back to cut it to 17-16 with a 10-2 run, but an offensive explosion by the Eagles, including six three-pointers, put Emory up 42-25 by the end of the first half.

The Eagles maintained a double digit lead for the entire second half, going up by as much as 36, 86-50, with 1:17 remaining in the game before winning 88-54.

Senior Ian Thom led BSC with 16 points, going 6-7 from the field, while senior Alex Avery pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds and also added 10 points. Junior Evan Lewis also recorded 10 points, and Avery led with three assists.

The Panthers struggled offensively, shooting 28.6 percent (18-63) from the field including 19 percent (4-21) from three-point range. BSC also had trouble at the free throw line, hitting 51.9 percent (14-27).

Rebounding was even at 42 for each team, but BSC turned the ball over 17 times, five more than Emory.

The Panthers stay on the road to face in-state rival Huntingdon this Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Montgomery, Ala.