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Thomas leads Panthers past Maryville, 82-76

Larry Thomas (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

MARYVILLE, Tenn.—After trailing for the first 12 minutes of the game, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team came back to defeat Maryville College on the road, Sunday, 82-76.

The Panthers move to 7-3 on the season, while the Scots fall to 4-6.

Maryville pulled out to a 12-4 lead within the first four-and-a-half minutes and kept the lead until the 7:19 mark when a jumper from sophomore Larry Thomas tied things up, 23-23. Ten seconds later a three-pointer by Thomas put the Panthers ahead, and they would never relinquish the lead. BSC led by as much as 13 before taking a 51-39 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Panthers stayed ahead for the entire second half as well, although Maryville cut it to four, 66-62, with 8:24 left to play. That was the closest the Scots would come, with BSC eventually winning by six, 82-76.

Thomas led all players with 23 points, shooting 8-11 from the field including 5-6 from three-point range. Senior Kevin Kegarise also had 16 points, and senior Zac Richards had 15. Senior Blaise White was impressive with 10 points, eight assists, and five steals. Thomas also led on the boards with six rebounds.

The Panthers shot well, hitting 27-47 (.574) overall, 9-20 (.450) from beyond the arc, and 19-25 (.760) from the free throw line. Maryville wasn't as effective, shooting 24-50 (.480) overall and 6-18 (.333) from long range, but the Scots were 22-28 (.786) at the line.

The Scots out-rebounded the Panthers 33-19 while committing 22 turnovers to BSC's 17.

BSC returns home next weekend, continuing Southern Athletic Association play against Sewanee on Friday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m., and Centre on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m.