Panthers Complete Comeback, Win 57-53

Panthers Complete Comeback, Win 57-53

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team overcame a late 15-5 run by Hampden-Sydney to pull out the 57-53 comeback win Wednesday night in Bill Battle Coliseum.  The Panthers move to 4-6 overall on the year and are 4-3 at home.


Harrison Deneka (Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers HS) earned a double-double.  He finished with game-highs of 13 rebounds and four steals to go with his team-high 10 points.  James McLean (Maitland, Fla./Winter Park HS) also finished with a team-best 10 points.


Despite leading 28-25 at the break, the Panthers scored just seven points in the first five minutes of the second half as Hampden-Sydney pulled ahead.  The Tigers would lead by as many as eight with 6:30 to play before BSC began its comeback.


They tied it up after back-to-back three's by Evan Lewis (Birmingham, Ala./Ramsay HS) and Deneka with four minutes left.


The game would be tied once more at 51-51 when Alex Perkins (Gadsden, Ala./Westbrook Christian School) hit a three with 2:35 on the clock that would put the Panthers in the lead for good.


Hampden-Sydney dropped to 5-5 with the loss.


This was the Panthers last game of 2016. They hit the road next, opening Southern Athletic Conference play at Millsaps College on Monday, Jan. 2.  Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. in a doubleheader with the women.