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Sewanee holds off BSC, 58-54

Griffin Schamp (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

SEWANEE, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team dropped a Southern Athletic Association contest to Sewanee, 58-54, Friday evening on the road. The Panthers fall to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the SAA, while the Tigers also move to 7-4, 1-1, with their 11th straight home win.

The Panthers led for most of the first half, the exception being a three-minute span early in the period. Although the Tigers stayed on the Panthers' heels, BSC was able to keep a modest lead, pulling up by six, 27-21, with 2:56 left in the half. Sewanee rallied after that, though, out-scoring the Panthers 7-2 down the stretch to cut it to 29-28 at halftime.

The second half was close the whole way, with the teams exchanging the lead five times and playing to five ties. With 2:37 left in the game, a pair of Sewanee free throws put the Tigers up by five, 52-47. Senior Jason Holland sank a three-pointer to cut it to 52-50, and senior Griffin Schamp went to the free throw line with 1:23 left and hit both, tying things up 52-52. Sewanee's Keshonn Carter hit a quick three after that to put the Tigers back up, 55-52, and BSC had an opportunity to tie it up with 18 seconds left, but missed a deep three-pointer. Sewanee grabbed the rebound and the Panthers sent Carter to the line, where he was 1-2 to give the Tigers a 56-52 lead. BSC missed another three-pointer with seven seconds left, and Schamp was fouled on the offensive rebound. He hit both free throws to cut it to 56-54 with four seconds left in the game. The Panthers were forced to foul again, and Carter was 2-2 to put his team up 58-54. BSC shot another unsuccessful three-pointer at the buzzer, and Sewanee came away with the four-point victory.

Schamp led all players with 20 points, while junior Larry Thomas posted his third straight (and fourth of the season) double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Holland led with three assists, Schamp led with two steals, and senior Schylar Freeman had two blocks.

BSC shot 38.6 percent (17-44) overall and 28.6 percent (4-14) from three-point range, and shot 84.2 percent (16-19) from the free throw line. Sewanee fared slightly worse, shooting 35.4 percent (17-48) from the field, 26.9 percent (7-26) from long-range, and 70.8 percent (17-24) at the line.

The Tigers held the rebounding advantage, 37-29; BSC committed one fewer turnover than Sewanee with 10.

The Panthers stay on the road, traveling to Danville, Ky., to face Centre this Sunday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. Eastern.