BSC takes command of SAA standings by edging Sewanee, 74-73

BSC takes command of SAA standings by edging Sewanee, 74-73

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Jan. 23, 2016) – A strong second-half comeback helped Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Birmingham-Southern to a 74-73 victory over the Sewanee men's basketball team, Sunday, inside Bill Battle Coliseum.

The loss is the second for the Tigers in SAA action. Sewanee has not won at Birmingham-Southern since the 2007-08 season. Sewanee is now 11-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play. BSC improved to 11-6 overall and 6-0 in league play.

Sewanee played well the opening 20 minutes. The Tigers led 23-21 when senior Keshonn Carter hit a layup with 5:50 left in the first half. That opened a quick 7-0 run by the Tigers over the next three possessions.

Eventually, Sewanee led by six at halftime, 37-31, after late baskets from junior Clay Born and freshman Cody Jones.

The Tigers continued their strong shooting to start the second half. A layup by Born and a jumper by Jones pushed the Sewanee advantage to 10 with 18:59 to play.

Sewanee built its lead to as much as 11, 54-43, after a Carter jumper with 13:08 left. However, BSC did not go away. The Panthers cut their deficit to two points twice over the next five minutes.

With Sewanee up 56-54, junior Brody Stone extended the Tiger advantage when he completed a traditional three-point play.

The score then remained close down the stretch. Neither team led by more than six points the final five minutes of play. With BSC ahead 74-68 with 1:33 left, Carter kept Sewanee within two possessions with another layup.

After Jacob McCullough blocked Ross Welch's next BSC shot, Stone made another traditional three-point play which Sewanee to within one, 74-73, with 42 seconds remaining.

However, after Jones stole the ball with 12 seconds left, a last second three by Born and a jumper by Stone both missed as time expired.

Overall, Sewanee's offense continued to roll making 48.1 percent of its attempts. Unfortunately, BSC was just as good as the Panthers made 52.8 percent of its shots.

Individually, Carter led Sewanee with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Stone joined his fellow post player with an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double. Additionally, Born added a career-high 18 points while Jones finished with 10 points, two assists, and a rebound.

Mateusz "Matty" Rudak led BSC with 14 points. James McLean and Alex Avery also played well with 13 points each.

Sewanee continues its four-game SAA road trip with an 8:00 p.m. (EST) game at Oglethorpe next Friday.

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