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January 21, 2014

Thomas' career-high 40 points not enough as Panthers fall to Huntingdon in overtime, 91-84

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Junior Larry Thomas recorded a career-high 40 points Tuesday evening as the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team lost to Huntingdon, 91-84, in overtime in Montgomery, Ala. The Panthers fall to 8-6, while the Hawks move to 2-11 with their second win of the season.

Thomas' 40 points puts him at fourth on the BSC single-game record list. He shot 13-21 from the field and 7-14 from three-point range.

The Hawks lead for much of the first half, building up to lead by as much as 11, 24-13, at the 10:11 mark. But BSC chipped away at the lead, cutting it to 32-29 on a three-pointer by senior Jason Holland at the 4:56 mark, and then 34-32 after a pair of free throws by freshman Mason Holle at the 3:48 mark. Huntingdon took a 40-35 lead into the halftime break.

BSC stayed on the Hawks' heels through the beginning of the second half, but Huntingdon was able to pull back ahead by 10, 58-48, by the 11:30 mark. The Panthers responded with nine straight points to cut it back to 58-57, and then took the lead, 63-61, at the 8:01 mark on a three-pointer from sophomore Ross Welch. The rest of regulation was back-and-forth, with several ties and lead changes culminating in a 76-76 tie thanks to a Welch three-pointer with 37 seconds remaining and a missed three by Huntingdon at the buzzer.

There were five lead changes in the first four minutes of overtime, capped off by the Hawks taking an 84-83 lead at the 1:03 mark on a Jerome Davis three-pointer. BSC had led 83-81 prior to that, but the Hawks out-scored the Panthers 10-1 in the final minute to clinch the 91-84 win.

Thomas led all players with his career-high 40 points, and senior Griffin Schamp also scored 13 and led with nine rebounds. Holland led with six assists, followed by Welch with five.

Five Huntingdon players scored in double digits, led by Austin Hill with 22. Terry Moorer led with nine rebounds, and Davis led with six assists.

The Hawks had a good shooting night, hitting 53.1 percent (34-64) from the field to BSC's 40.3 percent (25-62) performance. BSC out-shot Huntingdon from three-point range, though, 41.4 percent (12-29) to 38.1 percent (8-21), as well as at the free throw line, where the Panthers hit 73.3 percent (22-30) to the Hawks' 55.6 percent (15-27).

Rebounds were nearly even at 41-39 in favor of BSC, but the Panthers turned the ball over 18 times, three more than the Hawks.

BSC returns home this weekend for the first time since Dec. 16, hosting Hendrix on Friday at 8 p.m. and Sewanee on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.