CONWAY, Ark. – The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team ended its three-game skid on Friday night, earning an 89-76 win over Southern Athletic Association foe Hendrix.
The Panthers scored the opening basket of the game but found themselves in a hole midway through the first half. A 21-6 run by the Warriors gave them a 17-point, 31-14 lead with 8:49 to go before halftime.
The deficit did not intimidate senior Harrison Deneka (Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers HS) and his fellow Panthers, however. A Deneka layup with 8:41 to go before the break started a 22-9 run heading into halftime. Deneka scored 14 of the 22 points the Panthers needed to cut Hendrix's lead to four points at the half.
At halftime, Hendrix led Birmingham-Southern 40-36.
To start the second half, the Warriors came out firing again, jumping back out to a nine-point lead with 16:49 to play. But the Panthers were not ready to lie down. BSC went on a 17-8 run to tie the game at 57 with 12:31 left. Then, with 11:30 remaining, a Kaden Moore (Gadsden, Ala./Hokes Bluff HS) layup gave Birmingham-Southern its first lead since the 14:07 mark of the first half.
From there, the Panthers took control, expanding their lead to 16 points with 2:15 to play. BSC held on to its double-digit advantage for the remainder of the game, securing a final 13-point, 89-76 victory.
The Panthers were led by Deneka, who earned another double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Moore and Rich Yancey (Newnan, Ga./The Heritage School) scored 13 points each, and freshman Christian Stewart (Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley HS) finished with a career-high 14 points.
Birmingham-Southern remains on the road for the remainder of the regular season and will face conference foe Rhodes on Sunday, Feb. 11. Tip-off for the game against the Lynx is set for 3 p.m.