Second-half surge pushes BSC past Sewanee

Second-half surge pushes BSC past Sewanee

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Jan. 4, 2013) – Despite taking a 32-31 halftime lead, the Sewanee men's basketball team could not hold on as Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Birmingham-Southern rallied for a 88-80 win, Friday, inside Bill Battle Coliseum.

After losing two games before the Christmas break by a combined five points, the Tigers drop to 5-3 on the season and are now 0-2 in conference play.

Early on, Sewanee played well. The Tigers led by three, 6-3, with just over two minutes off the clock when Robert Veal knocked down a jumper.

Later in the half, Sewanee stretched its lead to four, 13-9, when Tyler Brown capped off a 6-0 run at the 12:42 mark.

After both teams continued to battle late into the half, Lewis Affronti put the Tigers up at the break with a three with 46 seconds left.

Unfortunately, out of the locker room, the Panthers adjusted. BSC opened the second half on a 10-0 run, before Nilan Hodge stopped the surge with a layup at the 17:08 mark.

From there, Sewanee cut into its deficit multiple possessions including a late 18-12 run to close the game.

Overall, the Tigers shot the ball well with a 46.3 percent shooting percentage. Unfortunately, the Tigers were undone by an even better offensive performance by BSC. Sewanee allowed an uncharacteristic 51.4 percent shooting percentage by the Panthers.

Additionally, the biggest difference statistically was BSC's ability to outscore Sewanee by 15 points behind the three-point line.

Individually, Valentino Bryant and Tyler Brown led the Tigers with 15 points each. Additionally, Affronti added 14 points while Brett Bouldin pitched in 13.

Guard Blaise White led BSC with a game-high 25 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

The Tigers will continue their two-game conference road trip with a 3:00 p.m., contest Sunday at Millsaps.

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