ATLANTA – The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team dropped its fifth game of the season Wednesday night, falling on the road to the Emory Eagles by the score of 91-86.
In a game that saw seven ties and 11 lead changes, the Panthers came up just short of a win after 40 minutes in Atlanta.
Junior Matty Rudak (Augustow, Poland/Millbrook School) led BSC in the first half with 14 points, a block and three rebounds. At the break, the Panthers and Eagles were tied 43-43.
In the second half, both teams continued their battle for control of the game; there were five lead changes in the final 20 minutes.
With 2:49 left in the game, sophomore guard Calvin Bak (Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals HS) made a lay-up to tie the game at 77, but an 8-2 run gave Emory an 85-79 lead with 35 seconds to go.
Down 87-82, junior Zach Allison (Pelham, Ala./Wallace State Community College) sank a lay-up with 16 seconds left to pull BSC within three points. However, after the two teams traded (and made) a set of free throws, a foul by the Panthers sent the Eagles back to the line. With four ticks on the clock, Emory's Romin Williams made both of his attempts to seal the game for the home team, 91-86.
Senior Harrison Deneka (Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers HS) finished the game with a double-double, scoring a season-high 28 points and snagging 13 rebounds. Rudak finished with 24 points, six rebounds and two blocks.
The loss drops the Panthers to 1-5 on the season.
Birmingham-Southern's next game will be its home-opener at Bill Battle Coliseum on Monday, Dec. 11. The Panthers will face Louisiana College with tip-off set for 5 p.m.