BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team fell to the Centre College Colonels 77-68 in its home Southern Athletic Association game on Friday night.
The Panthers competed well against the Colonels, especially in the second half, despite shooting just 37 percent from the field in the game. BSC scored the opening bucket of the contest on a three-pointer from Conor O'Sullivan (Tower Cork, Ireland/Cork Institute of Technology), but the visitors had the upper hand and led for the remainder of the game after taking a 6-3 lead just over a minute in.
Centre jumped out to a lead as high as 14 points with 2:04 left to go in the opening half, but the Panthers managed to cut the deficit to five points before the half. Then to start the final 20 minutes, BSC battled Centre hard to pull within two points, 54-52, with just over 10 minutes left to play.
Unfortunately, Birmingham-Southern could not find enough baskets or defensive stops to push them over the Colonels and the visitors eventually managed to put their lead out of reaching distance of the Panthers with less than a minute left.
Junior forward Christian Stewart (Irondale, Ala./Shades Valley HS) led the Panthers in the loss, recording 27 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Stewart also led the Panthers with five assists. O'Sullivan was the only other BSC player to hit double-digit points with 11.
With the loss, Birmingham-Southern falls to 4-9 overall and 0-2 in the SAA. The Panthers will host the Sewanee Tigers in their next SAA game on Sunday, Jan. 5. The men's game will tip-off following the conclusion of the women's matchup at 1 p.m.
JOIN THE B-FUND TODAY – Support BSC Athletics today by joining the B-Fund. Gifts to the B-Fund help support all of our 22 sports teams, coaches, and 450+ student-athletes. Used as the common funding source for championship rings, championship banners, facility upgrades, new transportation, and more, the B-Fund allows the department to enhance the athletic experience of every student-athlete at Birmingham-Southern.