Hot-shooting Tigers surge past BSC, 77-65

Hot-shooting Tigers surge past BSC, 77-65

SEWANEE, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team fell on the road Sunday afternoon, losing to Sewanee, 77-65, at Juhan Gymnasium in Sewanee, Tenn.

The Panthers fell to 8-5 overall and 1-2 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Tigers moved to 8-5 and stayed unbeaten in conference play at 3-0.

Sewanee jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and led by as much as nine several times throughout the half. With the Tigers leading 29-20 with 5:15 left, BSC out-scored Sewanee 9-3, with all points coming from senior Larry Thomas, and the Panthers trailed 32-29 at halftime.

The Tigers came out firing in the second half, using a 13-0 run to pull ahead 45-29 in the first seven minutes of play. With Sewanee leading 49-35 at the 11:32 mark, BSC put together a run of its own, scoring 10 straight points—eight from sophomore James McLean—to cut it to 49-45 with 9:13 left to play.

The teams traded baskets after that, and BSC was able to cut it to 56-54 at the 5:40 mark after a Thomas three-pointer, but Sewanee stayed one step ahead of the Panthers. BSC cut it to four, 65-61, with 2:16 left, but would never come any closer, with the Tigers pulling ahead down the stretch, mostly courtesy of free throws—going 10-12 over the last 1:05—to clinch the 12-point win.

Thomas led with 20 points, shooting 7-14 from the field, and McLean had a career-high 15 points off the bench, shooting 6-7. Sophomore Evan Lewis led on the boards with five rebounds.

Three Tigers scored in double figures, led by Jorden Williams with 22 and Marcellus Caldwell with 20.

Sewanee shot a season-high 59.1 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three-point range. The Tigers were also 81 percent (17-21) from the free throw line. BSC shot 52.2 percent overall, 37.5 percent from beyond the arc, and struggled at the line, hitting 52.4 percent (11-21).

Rebounding was fairly even (Sewanee 26, BSC 24), but the Panthers turned the ball over 17 times, four more than the Tigers.

BSC returns home next weekend for the first time since Nov. 22, wrapping up a nine-game road swing to host Millsaps on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.