Panthers hold off Sewanee for 67-56 home win

Larry Thomas (photo courtesy of Larry Radloff,
Larry Thomas (photo courtesy of Larry Radloff,

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Led by junior Larry Thomas with 16 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team held off a second-half surge from Sewanee to win, 67-56, Sunday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 14-9 overall and 8-4 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Tigers fall to 11-12 overall and 4-8 in the SAA.

BSC led for all but the first two minutes of the game after Sewanee scored the opening basket. The Panthers used a 14-2 run after that to pull up 14-4 by the 10:53 mark. The Tigers cut it back to one, 20-19, at the 5:05 mark of the first half, but BSC used another run, this time 17-5, to close the half and led 37-24 at the break.

The Panthers pulled out to as much as a 21-point lead, twice, early in the second half, and held a double-digit advantage until the 4:03 mark when Sewanee used an 11-0 run to cut it to seven, 59-52, with 3:19 left in the game. That was the closest the Tigers would come, though, and BSC held on to win by 11, 67-56.

Thomas led BSC with 16 points on 6-11 shooting, and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior Griffin Schamp was also in double figures with 14 points, going 3-5 from the field and 8-8 at the free throw line, and sophomore John Crain added 12 points on 4-5 shooting, all from beyond teh arc. Thomas also led with four assists and five steals.

Sewanee's Keshonn Carter led all players with 17 points, and had a team-high eight rebounds and four steals.

BSC led the rebounding effort 31-29 but also committed 15 turnovers, two more than the Tigers.

The Panthers are back at home next weekend for the final home stand of the year, hosting Oglethorpe on Friday at 8 p.m. and Berry next Sunday at 3 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.