MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team fell 84-82 to the Huntingdon Hawks on Monday night, coming up just short in the final seconds of a comeback effort.
The Panthers and Hawks swapped leads to start the game before Huntingdon pulled away to end the first half up 48-34.
Late in the second half, BSC went on a run to close the gap. Down 10 points with 4:08 left to play, the Panthers went on a 15-5 run to tie the game up 82-82 with seven seconds on the clock. Freshman Terence Butler (Winder, Ga./Winder-Barrow HS) hit the game-tying jumper from beyond the three-point line to even the score.
The Hawks got the ball back and attempted the game-winning shot but missed. However, a foul by the Panthers after the offensive rebound sent Huntingdon's Kyante Pine to the free-throw line. Pine sank both attempts to give the Hawks the 84-82 lead with one second remaining.
BSC's last-ditch attempt to tie or win at the buzzer was foiled by a Hawks steal to end the game.
Sophomore guard Calvin Bak (Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals HS) led the Panthers in scoring with 16 points, shooting 50 percent from the field.
Senior Harrison Deneka (Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers HS) and Zach Allison (Pelham, Ala./Wallace State Community College) also finished in double-digits, scoring 15 and 14 points, respectively. Deneka had a season-high 15 rebounds and added two blocks. Allison had six assists and five rebounds.
The loss drops the Panthers to 1-4 on the year. It was Birmingham-Southern's fourth consecutive defeat since beating Belhaven in the season opener on Nov. 15.
BSC continues its road trip on Wednesday, Nov. 29 when the team travels to Atlanta for a game against the Emory Eagles. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. ET.