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Panthers win regular season finale to go undefeated in conference play

The families of Alex Avery, John Crain, and Ross Welch for Senior Day 2016
The families of Alex Avery, John Crain, and Ross Welch for Senior Day 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Going undefeated in the Southern Athletic Association for the first time, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team wrapped up regular season play with a 61-53 win over Hendrix, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers moved to 19-6 overall and a perfect 14-0 in the SAA; the Warriors fell to 4-21 overall and 3-11 in league play.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The teams opened by playing to an 8-8 tie at the 15:34 mark, and it stayed close the rest of the way, with four more ties before Hendrix led 21-20 at the half.
  • The Warriors opened the second half with a 9-1 run to pull ahead 30-21, but BSC put together a 13-2 run to take the lead, 34-32, with 14:19 left in the game.
  • The Panthers built out to a seven-point lead, 47-40, but Hendrix kept shooting, and the score was tied 49-49 with 4:44 left on the clock.
  • BSC scored sisx straight points after that to pull ahead by six with 30 seconds left in the game.
  • After each team made two free throws and a layup, BSC sophomore Harrison Deneka made a layup with seven seconds left to help seal the win.

NOTABLE

  • Seniors Alex Avery, John Crain, and Ross Welch were honored during a pregame ceremony for Senior Day.
  • Avery led all players with 17 points and 14 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the year.
  • Deneka also added 14 points on 6-10 shooting, and junior Evan Lewis scored 10 points.

UP NEXT

  • BSC will host the 2016 SAA Championship next weekend, playing as the No. 1 seed. The Panthers will face Hendrix, the eighth seed, in quarterfinal action on Friday at 3 p.m.