BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Andrew Galow's 3-point field goal with 1.8 seconds left in the game to lift Rhodes College to a 58-57 Southern Athletic Association win over Birmingham-Southern Sunday at Bill Battle Coliseum.
Birmingham-Southern fell to 15-5 overall and 7-2 in the SAA and are now in a tie with Centre and Rhodes for first place and the right to host the 2013 SAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
The Panthers held a 55-50 lead with 4:17 to go and a 57-53 lead following a pair of Zac Richards free throws with 2:48 left in the contest.
Galow, who finished with 22 points 13 points and three assists, scored the final five points to help the Lynx erase the five-point deficit converting a pair of free throws to cut the BSC lead to 57-55 with 26 seconds left to set up his game-winning three.
Rhodes held a 36-32 lead going into the second half and held a 41-34 lead on a Galow layup with 16:06 left in the game.
The Panthers would go on an 9-2 run that saw BSC gain its first lead of the game at 43-41 on a Griffin Schamp layup with 12:42 remaining and eventually held a 48-43 lead on a Colin Henry layup at the 9:32 mark.
Richards scored 14 first half points, including 10 of the Panthers first 12 points of the contest, and finishing with seven rebounds and a block. Kevin Kegarise, Griffin Schamp, Larry Thomas pitched in eight points apiece.
Theo Hartwell led the Lynx with 15 points and grabbed six rebounds while Geoff Livsey added 11 along with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Both teams had a good shooting first half. The Lynx made 14-of-23 field goals for 60 percent while the Panthers were 14-of-27 for 52 percent
The difference in the half came from the free throw line where the Lynx were 6-of-8 to earn their 36-32 lead at intermission.
Birmingham-Southern returns to action against Centre College on Friday at 7 p.m. in Danville, Ky.