BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team opened up the 2018-19 season with a thrilling 103-98 overtime win over Covenant College on Saturday evening.
After falling behind 46-33 at halftime, Birmingham-Southern (1-0) went on a second half rally,
outscoring Covenant (0-1) 48-35 in the final 20 minutes to force overtime.
The Panthers put up 22 points to the Scots' 17 points in the five-minute overtime period to take the final
103-98 lead and get BSC's season off to a solid start.
Five Panthers scored in the double digits in the win with two players, forwards Christian Stewart
(Irondale, Ala./Shades Valley HS) and Ben Spence (Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers HS) earning
double-doubles. Stewart finished the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds while Spence 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Freshman guard Troy Stephens (Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic HS) was Birmingham-Southern's top
scorer, putting up 19 points in his collegiate debut, including three three-pointers, which tied a team
high in the game.
The Panthers saw other notable performances from starting point guard Zachary Allison (Pelham,
Ala./Wallace State CC), who played 36 minutes, scoring 17 points and adding nine assists; and junior
Calvin Bak (Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals HS), who finished with 15 points and gave BSC its first
lead in the game with a three-pointer with just over a minute left in regulation.
Birmingham-Southern is back at home on Monday, November 12 when the Panthers host Louisiana
College at Bill Battle Coliseum. Tip-off for the game is set for 6 p.m.