BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Feb. 16, 2014) – Despite a late rally by the Sewanee men's basketball team, Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Birmingham-Southern held on for a 67-56 win, Sunday, inside Bill Battle Coliseum.
After the Panthers led by as much as 21 points early in the second half, Sewanee battled back. The Tigers eventually pulled to within seven, 59-52, after a Marcellus Caldwell jumper. Caldwell's make with 58 seconds remaining capped off an 11-0 run by the Tigers.
Unfortunately, in the final minute, BSC made 6-of-8 free throw attempts to seal the victory.
With the Panthers leading 52-31, Sewanee responded. A three by Will Downey and layup by Keshonn Carter set up that late rally that eventually led the comeback effort. During that stretch, Caldwell scored eight of his 16 points.
As a team, the Tigers made 42.3 percent of their attempts. Sewanee also finished with 10 steals and three blocks.
BSC was able to build its lead from outside. The Panthers made 8-of-17 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. That included five threes in the first half.
Along with Caldwell, Carter led Sewanee with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Larry Thomas led BSC with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double. Forward Griffin Schamp added 14 points while guard John Crain pitched in 12.
Sewanee returns to action with a game against rival Rhodes, Friday. That contest is schedule to begin at 8:00 p.m. inside Juhan Gymnasium.
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