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Men's Basketball drops road game at Huntingdon, 75-64

John Crain (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
John Crain (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team dropped its second straight game on Tuesday evening, falling to Huntingdon 75-64 in Montgomery, Ala.

The Panthers fell to 0-2, and the Hawks moved to 1-1.

After scoring the opening basket of the game, a three-pointer from junior Evan Lewis, the Panthers fell behind 11-3, but then responded with a 12-4 run to tie things up at 15-15 with 11:13 left in the first half. The lead changed hands several times after that, with the Hawks leading 35-33 at halftime after a last-second three-pointer by Jerrod Pettus.

Lewis hit another three-pointer to open the second half, putting BSC back in the lead by one, but Huntingdon went on a scoring tear after that, using a 16-4 run to go up 51-40 by the 13:58 mark. The Hawks maintained the lead the rest of the way, staying a few steps ahead of BSC and leading by as much as 15, 64-49, before winning by 11.

Senior John Crain led the Panthers with 17 points off the bench, shooting 6-12 overall and 5-10 from three-point range. Senior Alex Avery posted his second straight double-double, recording 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, and senior Ross Welch led with four assists. Lewis also added 10 points.

The Hawks out-shot the Panthers in every category, and also out-rebounded them 43-34.

BSC travels to Crestview Hills, Ky., this weekend for the Coach Jim Connor Classic, hosted by Thomas More. The Panthers will face John Carroll on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET, and then the host Saints on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.