BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team defeated the Hendrix Warriors on Sunday afternoon, knocking off the visitors from Conway, Ark., 78-69.
It was a tale of two halves for the Panthers in the game against Hendrix. In the first half, the Panthers shot just 27.6 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from three. Despite the less-than-stellar offensive performance, the BSC's limited Hendrix's shots and only trailed by seven points, 35-27, at halftime.
Birmingham-Southern turned its offense around in the final 20 minutes, hitting 15-of-23 shots from the field, including 8-of-10 shots from beyond the arch.
Sophomore Bruce Bright Jr. (Birmingham, Ala./John Carroll HS), coming off the bench, was the Panthers' hottest shooter in the second half, leading BSC with 10 points in the period and hitting some crucial shots.
Bright's layup with 8:22 remaining tied the game up at 56. He would go on to sink two three-pointers – one that gave the Panthers the 59-57 lead and another that increased the margin to 67-62 with 3:51 to play.
He would finish the game with a team-high 14 points.
Senior Zachary Allison (Pelham, Ala./Wallace State CC) also played a big role in the second half with four assists and 10 points, seven of which came from the free-throw line. He finished the night with 12 points.
On the defensive end, senior Aidan Waldrum (Nashville, Tenn./Hendersonville HS) was a big defensive presence for the Panthers in the second half, blocking five shots and snagging three defensive rebounds.
With the win, Birmingham-Southern gets above .500 at 12-11 overall and improves to 6-7 in the Southern Athletic Association. As of Sunday, the Panthers sat in fifth place in the conference standings.
BSC will return to Bill Battle Coliseum for its final home game of the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 16 against Millsaps. The game will serve as Senior Day for the Panthers, as well. Tipoff for the men's game is slated for 3 p.m.
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