OWINGS MILLS, Md.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team earned a 70-69 victory over host Stevenson University, Saturday in the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic. Senior Griffin Schamp's game-winning layup with three seconds remaining lifted the Panthers to the win and moved BSC to 3-1 on the season.
The Mustange (2-1) pulled out to a 6-0 lead to set the tone for the first half, keeping a comfortable lead and going up by as much as 13, 32-19, at the 6:19 mark. After that the Panthers put together an impressive 17-4 run to tie it up 36-36 at the half.
The second half was close the whole way. BSC achieved its first lead of the game, 45-44, on a Schamp jumper at the 14:31 mark, and the teams changed leads several times after that point. With the score tied 55-55, Stevenson scored six unanswered points to pull back ahead 61-55 with 7:38 remaining, and stayed just ahead of the Panthers over the next several minutes.
With 53 seconds left, junior Larry Thomas hit a three-pointer to give BSC its first lead since the 10:31 mark, putting the Panthers up 68-67. Fifteen seconds later the Mustangs took back the lead on a tip-in by Erik Fisher, prompting a Stevenson timeout. The teams came out of the timeout and traded turnovers, giving BSC the ball with 18 seconds left. The Panthers called a timeout to set up a play, and the ball ended up in Schamp's hands when he hit the go-ahead lay-up with three seconds left, putting BSC up 70-69. The Mustangs weren't able to get a shot off before time expired, and the Panthers came away with the one-point victory.
Thomas led all players with 20 points on 8-16 shooting, and he also led on the boards with eight rebounds. Schamp and sophomore Ross Welch each had 13 points, and Welch also led with three steals.
The Panthers shot 44.4 percent (24-54) overall and 37.5 percent (6-16) from three-point range. BSC was 69.6 percent (16-23) from the free throw line. The Panthers out-rebounded the Mustangs 36-30 but committed two more turnovers than Stevenson with 16.
BSC returns home next weekend, hosting conference rival Millsaps on Sunday at 5 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.