BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team's comeback against Emory University Wednesday night fell short as they dropped the game 75-70 in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers (2-3) were led offensively by Ian Thom (Cold Spring, N.Y./Croton-Harmon HS). He finished with a game-high 17 points. Evan Lewis (Birmingham, Ala./Ramsay HS) and Matty Rudak (Augustów, Poland / Millbrook School (NY)) also earned double-digit points. The pair picked up 14 and 11 points, respectively. Rudak earned a team-high six rebounds.
BSC trailed 31-29 at the break. Down double-digits in the second half, the Panthers battled back to within six with under two minutes to play. A pair of made free throws pulled them within four with 1:16 left. The Panthers held Emory scoreless for three straight possessions.
Rudak was fouled with 35 seconds left and sent to the line to shoot two. He missed the first, but made the second. The Panthers defense on the inbounds forced an Emory timeout with 32 seconds on the clock.
The Eagles got across half court and were fouled with 24 seconds left. Jim Gordon hit both and pushed the lead back out six. Thom hit a float jumper with 14 seconds on the clock and pulled the lead to just three, 73-70.
Head Coach Chris Graves called timeout and the Panthers set up a full court trap press. The pressure forced a five second call with 11 seconds left. BSC took the ball in front of its own bench. They get a shot off, but it missed long and the Eagles grabbed the rebound to end the game.
The Panthers are home again this coming Saturday, Dec. 3. It will be a Black Out game for BSC in Bill Battle Coliseum. They tipoff at 3 p.m. against Huntingdon College.