SEWANEE, Tenn. (Jan. 10, 2014) – The Sewanee men's basketball team extended its home winning streak to 11 straight games Friday, as the Tigers defeated Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Birmingham-Southern, 58-54, in a physical game inside Juhan Gymnasium.
With the win, Sewanee improved its overall record to 7-4. The Tigers also evened their league mark at 1-1. Sewanee has also won two straight games against the Panthers dating back to last season.
Early in the game, Sewanee led by six, 10-4, after five straight points from freshman Jorden Williams. The Panthers answered with a scoring run of their own. BSC scored nine out the next 12 points to lead by one, 13-12, with 9:52 off the clock.
Eventually, BSC would take a one-point lead into halftime, 29-28.
In the second half, things stayed close. Sewanee jumped out to a 37-32 advantage after sophomore Keshonn Carter made a jumper with 16:22 left.
BSC answered on its next three possessions. A three by Larry Thomas, a layup by Conner Hayes, and a free throw by Griffin Schamp pushed the Panthers in front, 38-37, with 14:48 to play.
Just when it looked like Sewanee would slowly pull away, BSC answered on its next two possessions. A three by Jason Holland and back-to-back free throws by Schamp tied the game at 52-52 with 1:23 remaining.
On the next Sewanee possession, Tome answered with another three at the top of the arc. That gave the Tigers a 55-52 advantage with less than a minute remaining.
BSC did have an opportunity to tie the game again, however Ross Welch missed a deep three with 18 seconds left. Carter then grabbed the defensive rebound for Sewanee and made 3-out-4 free throws over the final 15 seconds.
Statistically both teams played very even. BSC slightly shot the ball better with a 38.6 field goal percentage. However, the Tigers did finish with a 37-29 advantage in rebounds. That included 13 offensive rebounds, which helped Sewanee outscore BSC in second-chance points 11-2.
Individually, Williams finished with a team-high 17 points. Brown also played well with his first career double-double. The sophomore forward finished with a game-high 15 rebounds and 12 points.
BSC was led by Thomas, who also added a double-double. Entering the game, Thomas was tied for the league lead in scoring at 21.1 points per game. The junior guard finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Schamp also added a game-high 20 points for the Panthers. That included a 12-for-13 effort at the free throw line.
Sewanee will quickly return to action with a conference game against Millaps, Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., inside Juhan Gymnasium.
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