BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team dropped its final home game of the 2018 regular season on Sunday afternoon, falling to Southern Athletic Association rival Sewanee 71-59.
Sunday's game served as Senior Day for the Panthers. BSC's two seniors, guard J. Morgan Harter (Memphis, Tenn./Texas Tech) and forward Harrison Deneka (Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers HS), were honored prior to the game. Harter forced a Sewanee turnover, getting his first steal of the season early in the game. Deneka led the Panthers with 15 points and 10 rebounds, earning him his 11th double-double of the season.
BSC started the game on top. The Panthers jumped out to an 18-9 in the opening eight minutes, but the Tigers went on a run to close out the first half. With 7:18 to play, Sewanee took its first lead of the game, 22-21. The visitors took the lead into the break, up 33-30.
In the second half, the Tigers never gave up their lead, but Birmingham-Southern kept battling. The Panthers pulled within one point with under 12 minutes to play and were down by just five points with 7:09 remaining.
However, missed shots and a few unforced turnovers on the offensive end doomed BSC late in the game, and Sewanee would hold on to grab the win.
With the loss, Birmingham-Southern falls to 6-5 in the SAA and 9-13 overall. The Panthers play out the rest of the regular season on the road and will travel to Hendrix on Friday, February 9. Tip-off for the game against the Warriors is scheduled for 8 p.m.