BSC Men’s Basketball Falls To Centre In Battle Of First Place Teams

BSC Men’s Basketball Falls To Centre In Battle Of First Place Teams
Larry Thomas (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre College  (16-4, 9-2 SAA) used a balanced offense and a shot 50 percent in the second half to earn a 72-62 Southern Athletic Association win over the Birmingham-Southern Men's Basketball  (15-6; 8-3 SAA) Friday at Alumni Gym.

Larry Thomas recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Zac Richards chipped in 14 and eight rebounds as the only Panthers in double-figures.

The Colonels were led by Blake Scinta with 20 points and Bryon Ellis with 18 points while Tyler Wesley added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Panthers shot 35 percent in the first half and went 2-of-12 from 3-point land but managed to hold a 29-27 halftime edge.  BSC shot 27 percent in the second half and finished the contest shooting 31 percent and 15 percent from 3-point range.

After shooting 38 percent in the opening half, Centre shot 50 percent from the floor and made 4-of-8 3-pointers in the second half.  

BSC held a 33-29 lead on a Richards layup at the 16:54 mark of the second half before Centre went on an 11-0 run that included three straight 3-pointers to take a 48-35 lead with 13:59 to play.

Centre was able to keep the Panthers at arm's length until a Larry Thomas jumper cut the deficit to 53-52 with 6:11 left in the second half.

Centre stretched the lead to 57-52 on a Wesley layup less than a minute later and pushed the lead to 66-58 with 1:04 left in the contest.

The Panthers close out the road trip against Sewanee in Sewanee, Tenn., on Sunday at 3 p.m.