BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team dropped a heartbreaker in their third game in four days. BSC fell 68-65 to Covenant College Tuesday night in Bill Battle Coliseum in a contest with 19 lead changes.
Harrison Deneka (Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers HS) finished with his first double-double of the season. He grabbed a game and season-high 11 rebounds with 14 points.
Ian Thom (Cold Spring, N.Y./Croton-Harmon HS) led the Panthers offensively with 16 points. Matty Rudak (Augustów, Poland / Millbrook School (NY)) and Evan Lewis (Birmingham, Ala./Ramsay HS) also finished in double-figures, putting up 15 and 12 points, respectively.
After pulling within two with under two to play, the Panthers forced a turnover to take possession at 1:09. A three went up but didn't go in for the Panthers and Covenant took over with less than 40 seconds remaining.
Thom picked up his second foul of the night to send Bailey Spragg to the line for 1-and-1. He missed and Rudak grabbed the rebound. Thom then drove to the basket and drew a foul with 22 seconds on the clock.
He went to the line to shoot two. Made the first, but missed the second. Down 66-65 with 16 seconds left, Lewis sent another Scot to the line and he missed the first of his 1-and-1 giving BSC another chance.
A Covenant steal with eight seconds left on the Panthers side of the court was taken back by Patjo Twagirayezu, who laid it in to push their lead to three, 68-65. With 1.4 seconds on the clock, the Panthers called timeout and drew up one last play.
The ball was thrown across half court and Thom tipped it out to an open Lewis on the three-point line in front of the Panthers bench. His shot went up as time expired. It bounced off the front side of the rim and down.
No one led by more than eight in the game. BSC outmatched the Scots in the paint out scoring and outrebound them.
The Panthers continue their home stand against Emory University on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.