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December 13, 2013

Panthers pick up 74-64 road win against Covenant

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team returned to action this evening and picked up its third straight win, a 74-64 road victory against Covenant College.

The Panthers move to 5-1, while the Scots fall to 4-5.

BSC pulled out to a 7-0 lead to set the tone and held the lead for the duration of the game. BSC led by as much as 12 in the first half, and Covenant came as close as cutting the lead back to six but the Panthers led 31-22 at the half.

The Scots cut it to six again early in the second half, but BSC used an 8-2 run to pull back out by 12. The Panthers built on their lead, going up by as much as 19, 56-37, at the 8:45 mark before Covenant began to steadily close the gap. The Scots used a 22-11 run over the next seven minutes to cut it to 67-59, and then cut it to six, 68-62, with 52 seconds left in the game for the closest margin since the first half. Covenant sent BSC to the free throw line down the stretch, where the Panthers went 6-8 to hang onto the lead for the 10-point victory.

Junior Larry Thomas led all players with 22 points, followed by sophomore Ross Welch with 15 points and senior Griffin Schamp with a double-double, recording 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Thomas also led with three steals, and senior Jason Holland led with three assists.

BSC shot a season-low 38.6 percent (22-57) from the field and 33.3 percent (6-18) from three-point range, but the Panthers were 68.6 percent (24-35) at the free throw line. Covenant struggled offensively as well, hitting 37.3 percent (22-59) overall and 23.5 percent (4-17) from long range. The Scots shot 72.7 percent (16-22) from the line.

Rebounds were nearly even at 42-41 in favor of Covenant, but the Scots turned it over 14 times, five more than BSC with a season-low nine.

The Panthers are back at home this Monday, hosting Huntingdon at 7 p.m. as part of BSC's Ho Ho Throwdown. The women will face Huntingdon at 5 p.m. prior to the men's game, and there will be an appearance by Santa as well as games and holiday treats. Admission is free for everyone.