Panthers fall to Maryville at home, 82-75

Panthers fall to Maryville at home, 82-75

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Propelled by a 73 percent shooting performance in the first half, Maryville College downed the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team, 82-75, Tuesday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers fall to 12-9 with their third straight loss and first home loss of the year, while the Scots move to 15-6 with their 11th straight victory.

Tonight's game was originally scheduled for Jan. 29 but was postponed due to winter weather and hazardous road conditions.

After three ties in the first five minutes of play, the Panthers pulled out to a 10-point lead, 28-18, by the 11:06 mark. The lead lasted until the 6:10 mark when Maryville pulled ahead 34-32 on a 16-4 run, and the Scots led by as much as seven, 41-34 with 2:21 left in the half before taking a 43-38 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Scots shot an impressive 16-22 (72.7 percent) in the first half, including 5-8 (62.5 percent) from three-point range.

Maryville opened the second half with eight straight points to go up by 13, 51-38, and maintained the lead for the rest of the game, leading by as much as 14, 55-41, at the 14:41 mark. With 6:46 left to play, the Scots led 71-58, and the Panthers made things interesting, cutting it back to six, 71-65, on a free throw by senior Griffin Schamp and then two straight three-pointers from sophomore Ross Welch off assists from junior Larry Thomas. The Scots responded with four straight points to go back up by 10, 75-65, with 3:20 left, and BSC cut it to six again with 24 seconds left, but were unable to overcome the Scots.

Thomas led the Panthers with 16 points, with most of those coming off free throws, where he went 9-10. The team and the Southern Athletic Association's leading scorer struggled from the field, hitting 3-16 overall and 1-8 from three-point range. Thomas led on the boards, though, pulling down 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season, and also led with four assists. Schamp was also in double-digit scoring with 15 points on 5-10 shooting.

Oscar Butler led four Scots in double figures with 19 points, hitting 7-10 from the field. Jaumonee Byrd had 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds, and Christian Ford had 12 points and a team-high four assists.

After their 73-percent performance in the first half, Maryville shot 48 percent in the second half for a 59.6 percent (28-47) showing for the game. BSC on the other hand had one of its lowest shooting percentages of the season, hitting 24-62 for 38.7 percent overall and 9-25 for 36 percent from beyond the arc.

The Panthers led in rebounding 34-29 and also committed fewer turnovers with 12 to Maryville's 14.

BSC is at home again this weekend, hosting league-leading Centre College on Friday at 8 p.m., and Sewanee on Sunday at 3 p.m.